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Revenue and Customs: Sunderland

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with Mapeley about the feasibility of finding alternative uses for Shackleton and Gilbridge Houses in Sunderland if HM Revenue and Customs withdraws from Sunderland city centre; and if he will make a statement. (147005)

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are currently undertaking a review of the Newcastle, Sunderland and Washington urban centre. No decisions have yet been made. HMRC have not discussed the feasibility of finding alternative uses for Shackleton and Gilbridge Houses in Sunderland with Mapeley.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely impact on the economy of Sunderland city centre of the proposed closure of HM Revenue and Customs offices in Gilbridge and Shackleton houses; and if he will make a statement. (147006)

HM Revenue and Customs are currently undertaking a review of the Newcastle, Sunderland and Washington urban centre. No decisions have yet been made.

The review process includes the production of an impact assessment which considers the social and economic effects of closure on the wider community, as well as on staff and customers.