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Civil Servants: Scotland

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 237765, tabled on 27 March 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with the Cabinet Office on his Department having a civil service presence in Scotland.

Answered on

3 April 2019

BEIS already has a presence in Scotland. Through the core department and 7 of its partner organisations, BEIS has a presence of over 800 people, based primarily in Edinburgh (459), Glasgow (223) and Aberdeen (120), with smaller numbers in other locations.

Last November, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster wrote to all Secretaries of State setting out the importance of the Government's commitment to relocate both public bodies and Civil Service roles into the regions and nations of the United Kingdom. To support this, the Places for Growth Programme are increasing their engagement with departments in the run up to the Spending Review and are drawing on advice and support from colleagues across Whitehall, including the BEIS Industrial Strategy Team.

For information – further detail on locations of BEIS and its partner organisations

The table below sets out these organisations (correct as of August 2018):

Organisation

Location

Headcount

BEIS – Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment & Decommissioning (OPRED)

Aberdeen

89

OFGEM

Glasgow

131

UK Research & Innovation

Multiple

Edinburgh – 354 Glasgow – 3 Perth – 1 Dumfries - 1 Total - 359

Met Office

Multiple

Aberdeen – 31 Edinburgh – 29 Nairn and Moray – 12 Shetland – 5 Dumfries and Galloway – 3 Total - 84

ACAS

Glasgow

89

Insolvency Service

Edinburgh

44

Companies House

Edinburgh

32

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA)

Multiple

Caithness and Sutherland - 3 Ross and Cromarty – 2 Total - 5

Grand Total

833