Defence vetting agency jobs should remain in York.
6:38am 14th February 2011
York Central MP, Hugh Bayley, has written to the Defence Minister, Andrew Robathan MP, and Foreign Minister, Alistair Burt MP, to press them for an assurance that Defence Vetting Agency (DVA) jobs will remain in York.
Mr. Bayley has asked a number of Parliamentary Questions to both the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) about their proposals to merge vetting services. The FCO has confirmed that it employs seven members of staff in London and Milton Keynes who work on FCO vetting. In addition, FCO Services, a trading fund of the FCO which conducts vetting on behalf of a number of organisations and Government departments, employs 75 staff in London and Milton Keynes who provide vetting services to 59 customers across government.
In York 261 staff are employed by the DVA at Imphal Barracks and there is vacant office space in York because 40 DVA jobs have been cut since the Coalition Government came to power. Mr. Bayley believes that the custom-built office space at Imphal Barracks, which already has a specialised secure network of computer systems, together with a trained workforce, is the obvious location for the merged vetting services.
Hugh Bayley MP says:
"The answers I have received to my Parliamentary Questions shows that more vetting staff are based in York than in other parts of the country combined. Office costs are cheaper in York than in London or Milton Keynes. There are 40 empty desks in the DVA building at Imphal Barracks which already have access to a specialised computer network, as well as a trained workforce carrying out the work of the DVA. It would be much cheaper to move 75 or 80 Foreign Office vetting jobs to York than to transfer 260 staff from York to Milton Keynes or London. I have already written to the Defence Secretary, Liam Fox, and today I wrote to the Defence Minister, Andrew Robathan, and the Foreign Minister, Alistair Burt, to press for an assurance that the government's vetting services will continue to be based in York."
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