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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Planning for the future of the Government’s estates

Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
Planning for the future of the Government’s estates

Tuesday 31 January 2023

Start times: 9.30am (private) 10.00am (public)


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MPs to examine lessons learned from previous civil service relocation plans

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee will hear from academic and commentator Tony Travers as well as experts at the Institute for Government, on past and current Government initiatives to move civil service posts out of London and set up regional hubs.

Meeting details

At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Planning for the future of the Government’s estates
Director at LSE London, London School of Economics
At 11.00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Planning for the future of the Government’s estates
Programme Director at Institute for Government
Researcher at Institute for Government

In the second session of the inquiry, MPs will examine the progress made towards the target to move 22,000 roles out of London by 2030 as well as the effectiveness of the Government’s plans to set up regional hubs, such as the Darlington Economic Campus.

In a December 2022 report, the Public Accounts Committee said it was “sceptical” that the ongoing expansion of the Government Hubs programme represented good value for money. It highlighted incomplete data on post-pandemic office usage and the risk the taxpayer will be locked into long-term, expensive leases.

Location

Room 16, Palace of Westminster

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