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Debate on government departments outside London

28 April 2016

On Monday 9 May MPs took part in a Chamber debate on a motion on government departments outside London. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following a bid from Paul Blomfield MP.

This debate was opened by Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central.

Watch the debate and read the transcript

Text of the motion

"That this House welcomes the Government's commitment to create a public sector that reflects the diverse nature of the UK following the publication of the Bridge report, in particular its plan to take graduate recruitment outside London and to put new terms in place which make it easier for civil servants to live outside London; supports the commitment in the Budget 2016 to move civil servants out of expensive Whitehall accommodation; notes with concern the proposal by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to close its Sheffield policy office, moving 247 posts to London; and calls on the National Audit Office to conduct a cost benefit assessment of that proposal."

Backbench Business Committee

The Backbench Business Committee meets weekly on Tuesdays to consider requests for debates from any backbench Members of Parliament on any subject.

The Committee then has to decide how to allocate the limited Parliamentary time it has at its disposal. The Committee's meetings are always conducted in public and can be watched on Parliament TV.

Further information

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