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Revenue and Customs: Northern Ireland

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the future of the HM Revenue and Customs’ estate in Northern Ireland. (171048)

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is conducting a series of regional reviews of all its accommodation across the UK to match it to future operational requirements. By consolidating work in fewer locations HMRC will be able to provide a better service at a lower cost to the taxpayer.

HMRC is currently considering feedback from consultation on its initial proposals for rationalising its estate in the Belfast urban centre. All HMRC's other offices in Northern Ireland will be reviewed together next year, in order to facilitate the completion of an equality impact assessment of its proposals. Decisions will be announced after the completion of full consultation and subsequent evaluation of the proposals. HMRC is fully committed to complying with its statutory obligations in Northern Ireland.