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Customs Officers: Manpower

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many customs officers were employed by HM Revenue and Customs in each English region in each of the last five years. (155847)

In April 2005, HM Customs and Excise was merged with the Inland Revenue to form HM Revenue and Customs. Numbers of staff in HM Customs and Excise are not available from that date. Previous numbers of HM Customs and Excise staff within the Government office regions, as well as those of the combined Department, are published annually in ‘Civil Service Statistics’ and at

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management/statistics/reports/index.asp.

The following table shows the number of staff in the Detection directorate, which is mainly engaged in anti-smuggling work, in each of the Government office regions. The substantial numbers of staff in other directorates engaged partly or wholly on work in the customs area are not identifiable from HMRC records.

GOR

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

East

139.1

431.8

464.4

506.1

577.84

East Midlands

43.3

38.8

45.1

43.2

48.98

North East

78.8

71.7

79.4

78.4

91.8

North West

290

305.9

339.7

336.8

329.79

South East1

2,491.7

2,187.5

2,398.4

2,575.7

2,611.01

South West

154.5

150

135.3

132.2

120.37

West Midlands

84.4

91.8

88.4

139.8

158.9

Yorkshire and Humberside

144.6

182.6

179.2

194.3

230.8

Total

3,426.4

3,460.1

3,729.9

4,006.5

4,169.49

1 Includes London