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Volume 405: debated on Monday 19 May 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 9April 2203, Official Report, column 269W, on Inspectorates, what the total costs incurred by the Inland Revenue were in each year since 1997. [113400]

The Inland Revenue undertakes a variety of activities to monitor and ensure compliance. Chiefly, this concerns enquiries into the tax returns of individuals, businesses and companies, and reviews of employer compliance. Though figures are not available for earlier years, the number of staff engaged in this work and the staff costs to the Inland Revenue, were:

YearNumber of staffTotal staff costs—£000
This involves staff employed at different levels working in local offices, the Large Business Office and the Special Compliance Office.