Sir Edward LeighMain Page: Sir Edward Leigh (Conservative) - Gainsborough)
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If he will make an assessment of the potential effect of reductions in civil service headcount on the ability of Government to implement its policies. 
What plans he has to relocate (a) civil service and (b) policymaker roles outside London. 
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I am grateful to the hon. Lady for raising that question on behalf of her constituents. We value everyone who works in the civil service. I will look at the specific cases she mentions, because we want to ensure that everyone who has talent and commitment, and who wants to serve the public, has a chance to do so. If she would be kind enough to write to me about the specific cases, I will respond as quickly as I can in support of her constituents.
My right hon. Friend makes an important point. People have been working more flexibly as a result of the covid pandemic, and that is something that we would like to encourage, support and facilitate. We also want to ensure that more decision making is taken closer to the people, which means more civil service jobs—particularly senior civil service jobs—being located outside London, and that does create commercial opportunities for the Government.