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Decision on threat to Driver and Vehicle Agency posts in new year

A final decision on shifting more than 300 jobs from Northern Ireland's Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) to Wales will not be taken until the new year, Stormont Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has been told.

Mr Durkan and DoE officials met Transport Minister Robert Goodwill in London yesterday over the centralisation plan which would see the jobs move to Swansea from Coleraine and other DVA offices in the province.

"I reiterated that there is no reason for vehicle licensing offices in Coleraine and across Northern Ireland to close (and) got a good hearing," the SDLP minister said.

A UK consultation document proposing the shift stated: "Centralisation will in fact remove any possibility that Northern Ireland services may be biased to any particular religious group, since these transactions will no longer be serviced by staff based in NI, who could themselves hold particular beliefs."

Belfast Telegraph