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HM Revenue and Customs

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether some HM Revenue and Customs training courses are offered only to certain members of staff based on (a) sex, (b) ethnic origin and (c) sexual orientation; and if he will make a statement. (77411)

HMRC has in the past and continues to offer development programmes to members of staff based on their sex, race or sexual orientation, usually with a mix of participants from various backgrounds.

These training programmes are offered as part of the Department's positive action programme which is in place to assist in righting the imbalance of under represented groups at higher grades. Both the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and the Race Relations Act 1976 allow positive action.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received in respect of the proposed closure of the HM Revenue and Customs office at Regian House, Liverpool; what response he has made; and if he will reconsider the closure. (77249)

The HM Revenue and Customs office at Regian House, Liverpool is not closing. However processing work currently carried out in Regian House and other offices in the Liverpool area, is being centralised in Manchester as part of HM Revenue and Customs' overall efficiency plans.