The Petition of employees and supporters of Her Majesty's Valuation Office Agency in Newport,
Declares that Her Majesty's Valuation Office Agency in Newport provides vital services in addition to providing important employment opportunities in Newport. Staff who work in this office have provided loyal and dedicated service to VOA over many years with a significant number of staff having served for a considerable period of time. That the threatened relocation of services from VOA Newport and the closure of this office will have a negative impact on the local economy, an environmental impact from additional travel and a devastating effect on the lives of the staff who currently work there.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons calls upon Her Majesty's Government to fully consider the case for retaining the VOA Newport Office and the possibility of co-locating with HMRC Newport.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Jessica Morden, Official Report, 5 February 2008; Vol. 471, c. 930 .] [P000118]
Observations from the Chancellor of the Exchequer:
All presentations will be taken into account before final decisions are made at the end of this financial year on the future of Newport and the other Valuation Office Agency locations announced for potential closure in November 2007. The feasibility of retaining a presence in Newport by relocating to a HMRC building with spare capacity is being explored as one of the options.