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Civil Servants

Question for Cabinet Office

UIN 237772, tabled on 27 March 2019

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions his Department has had with other UK Government departments on increasing the number of civil service personnel outside of London.

Answered on

4 April 2019

The Places for Growth programme seeks to deliver the Government’s commitment to
move Civil Service roles and public bodies out of London and the South East of England

This commitment was set out in the Conservative Party Manifesto of 2017 and then
restated in the Industrial Strategy White Paper and the Government Estates Strategy (July

The Cabinet Office is supporting departments and public bodies to identify opportunities
for relocation of roles to cities across the regions and nations of the United Kingdom. The
Programme is providing support and coordination across Whitehall to move roles and
organisations to locations that have the skills and capacity to enable organisations and
cities to flourish

The Programme is also engaging with city leaders across the UK to understand the local
economic and industrial priorities which will inform the decision-making process.

Answered by

Cabinet Office