I’ve written to the Business Secretary Greg Clark MP again today to seek assurances about the future of the Business Department’s presence in Sheffield.
I was pleased to get a commitment from the new Business Secretary, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, today that he will review the decision to close his Department’s office at St Paul’s Place.
It is welcome news that some of the Sheffield-based BIS roles have moved to the Department for Education and so will remain in Sheffield. I called on the new Education Secretary to guarantee this after the Government reshuffle.
I'm urging the Government to save jobs that were to be moved to London from the Sheffield Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Office now the Department of Education (DoE) is taking over key policy areas.
Today, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has confirmed it will press ahead with closing its Sheffield office, moving 247 policy jobs to London. The announcement comes despite concerns raised by Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, the Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee and MPs from across the political parties and across the country.
Today I met with the Comptroller and Auditor General, Mr Amyas Morse, following the decision made by the House of Commons last week to ask the National Audit Office to look into the proposal to close the Sheffield BIS office.
Yesterday the House of Commons approved my motion calling on the National Audit Office to conduct a cost benefit assessment of the proposal to close the Sheffield BIS Office.
I’ve secured a debate on Monday 9th May in the House of Commons on the closure of the Sheffield BIS Office and the transfer of 247 jobs from Sheffield to London. In view of the fact the decision clearly makes no financial sense, the motion that will be debated calls on the National Audit Office to conduct a cost benefit assessment of the proposal to close the Sheffield BIS Office.
Working with colleagues from across political parties, I’ve secured a debate in the House of Commons on the closure of the Sheffield BIS Office.
I have demanded answers after the most senior civil servant in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills refused to provide costings for the planned Sheffield BIS office closure, despite calls from two Parliamentary Select Committees.