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Debt Collection

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been recovered by debt collectors in his Departments in each of the last five years for which information is available, broken down by (a) Department and (b) the tax the recovery related to; and if he will make a statement. (99655)

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.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees in each of his departments worked on debt collection in each of the last five years for which data are available; and if he will make a statement. (99656)

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.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of individuals granted debtors' petitions while being actively pursued for debts by each of his departments in each of the last five years for which information is available, broken down by department; and if he will make a statement. (99659)

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.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many creditors' petitions for bankruptcy have been granted to his departments in respect of individuals in each of the last five years for which information is available; and if he will make a statement. (99660)

The number of creditor petitions granted to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the last three years is:

Number

2003-04

3,764

2004-05

3,052

2005-06

3,972

HMRC does not have this information for earlier years.