The amount of tax and duty recovered by the debt recovery arm of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is included in the figures recorded in HMRC’s Annual Report 2004-05 and Autumn Performance Report 2005.
Prior to the merger of Inland Revenue and Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise, the figures were recorded separately in each Department’s Annual Report and Accounts.
In April 2005 the Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise merged to form Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Debt Management and Banking (DMB) is the arm of HMRC responsible for recovery of debt. In the last five years the DMB joint staffing allocation (in full-time equivalent terms) has been:
Number 2001-02 9,204 2002-03 8,934 2003-04 9,319 2004-05 9,726 2005-06 9,321
HMRC has taken on new work over recent years and that has affected the staffing profile while resources have had to be used flexibly to support HMRC's work, but on average about 75 per cent. of the above numbers have been directly involved in debt recovery.
In the pursuit of debt Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) handle cases where the debtor or another creditor has already filed for bankruptcy. In such cases HMRC lodge their claim like any other creditor but do not keep a separate record of the number of individuals who are granted debtors' petitions.