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HM Revenue and Customs

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reconsider the decision to close down the HM Revenue and Customs compliance office in Chelmsford; why the decision was taken; and if he will make a statement. (109899)

[holding answer 19 December 2006]: I refer the hon. Member to my reply of 27 November 2006, Official Report, columns 451-52W to the hon. Member for Westmorland & Lonsdale (Tim Farron).

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the closure of HM Revenue and Customs offices in south Wales. (112982)

As I made clear in a recent Westminster Hall debate (HM Revenue & Customs (Wales), 29 November 2006, Official Report, columns 12-134WH) no decision has been made to close any specific offices in Wales or elsewhere in the United Kingdom.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer where queries regarding national compliance and risk assessment accounts within HM Revenue and Customs for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will be dealt with following the review of HMRC offices. (109825)

HMRC is currently considering the optimum structure and locations of its offices, led by taxpayer and business needs. Final decisions will be subject to consultation.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many attempts to gain unauthorised access to the computer systems of HM Revenue and Customs (a) were detected and (b) succeeded in each of the last five years. (108318)

HMRC has detected no successful attempts to gain unauthorised external access to its computer systems in each of the last five years.

Although HMRC actively monitors and protects its systems, the Department does not routinely record unsuccessful attempts to gain unauthorised access, because the high volume of relatively simplistic Internet-based approaches to which any web-connected system is subjected means the gathering of this data is of negligible benefit.