Paul Blomfield – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Paul Blomfield on 2016-03-24.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, to which location he plans to relocate his Department’s functions out of London.

Joseph Johnson

The Department has not yet made final decisions on its future estate. As my right hon. Friend the Minister of State for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise has already informed the House, the current plans for the Department’s future estate are for:

  • A combined HQ and policy centre in London
  • Business-facing centre, likely to be in South Wales
  • Institutional and Research funding centre, likely to be in Swindon, but may initially also include Bristol
  • Further education funding centre – location yet to be decided but may initially be in Coventry
  • Higher education student finance centre, initially in Glasgow and Darlington
  • A regulation centre likely to be in Birmingham
  • A combined regional footprint for where service delivery to local users need to happen on a local basis, comprising the BIS Local offices and local service delivery