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Customs And Excise

Volume 894: debated on Tuesday 24 June 1975

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what is the total staff shortage in the Customs and Excise group; and if he will give the figures in each area office;(2) what would be the annual cost of filling all the present vacancies in the Customs and Excise group.

The number of vacancies in Her Majesty's Customs and Excise at 1st June 1975 was 885 in the following areas:

Headquarters, London53
Headquarters, Southend45
London Collections157
Aberdeen37
Belfast52
Brighton29
Bristol13
Chester25
Dover63
Edinburgh4
Glasgow19
Greenock37
Harwich55
Leeds22
Liverpool31
Manchester18
Newcastle4
Northampton81
Nottingham22
Plymouth22
Preston6
Reading55
Southampton17
South Wales and Borders18
The annual cost of filling the 885 posts would be in the region of £4½ million, but the figure does not wholly represent staff shortages at 1st June, since in staffing any large organisation it is necessary to plan ahead for future requirements and allow for the time it takes to recruit. The list of approved posts therefore includes a number which are not immediate vacancies.