To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to base staff of his Department working on industrial strategy in offices outside London.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
19 October 2016
This answer is a correction from the original answer.
Given the recent Machinery of Government changes, over the coming months BEIS will be considering what the right structure for the Department should be, in order to deliver its objectives.
The Department announced its decision earlier this year to create a combined headquarters and policy function in London, to deliver a simpler, smaller department that is more flexible and responsive to stakeholders and businesses by 2020. This involves basing all policy roles in London by 2018, which will include those roles working on Industrial Strategy issues.