During the Business Statement today, I asked the Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons:

The Department for Work and Pensionsrecently announced the closure of its offices inMerthyr Tydfil, which will have a massively serious impact on the town centre economy. That is also happening in other areas of Wales and theUK. Can we have a debate on the Government policy of removing jobs where more jobs are needed, not fewer, so that the Government can understand the implications of their actions for town centres such as the one in my constituency?

In her response, Andrea Leadsom MP said:

The hon. Gentleman will appreciate that many of the Government’s measures to consolidate the delivery of public services are to improve the service by focusing on better advice for people who are claiming benefits, looking for a job and so on. Much of that recasting of physical spaces is to improve the services. Nevertheless, he is right to raise the issue of a potential reduction in jobs. I am aware that the Government seek to redeploy people wherever possible right across the public sector, but he might want to raise the particular case in his constituency at Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy questions, which are soon after the recess.

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