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GOVERNMENT PLANNING TO ESTABLISH NEW REGIONAL OFFICES

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BBC Radio 4 News reported this morning that the BBC has learnt that the government plans to establish powerful new ...
BBC Radio 4 News reported this morning that the BBC has learnt that the government plans to establish powerful new offices in the English regions headed by senior civil servants.

Radio 4's urban affairs correspondent David Walker said the new integrated regional offices will be set up in the seven standard regions of England headquartered in Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham, Bedford and London which will cover the south- east.

And Mr Walker said that special arrangements are being made for the future of the metropolitan area of London itself.

Under these new regional controllers, he said, Whitehall's presence in the regions is to be upgraded with the new civil servant supremos overseeing education, jobs, training, economic development and environment including council spending. They will replace the existing civil service set up in which each department has its own regional representatives.
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