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Revenue and Customs: Track and Trace Programme

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs spent on the track and trace programme in each of the last 12 months. (193333)

[holding answer 11 March 2008]: For the year April 2006 to March 2007, HMRC handled approximately 300 million pieces of outgoing post.

HMRC may make use of track and trace services in the following circumstances if deemed appropriate by the business area:

Parcels to non-residential addresses

Tracking and tracing of letters and courier network list recipients where required by the business unit in question.

Urgent delivery of urgent / valuable mail

Where goods require special handling (hazardous / perishable / fragile)

Same Day Timed service

Next Day services

2/3 Day services

HMRC spend on track and trace services in each of the last 12 months is as follows:

£

2007

March

52,781.42

April

52,308.16

May

48,633.19

June

39,829.93

July

42,217.68

August

49,790.26

September

35,595.84

October

36,245.09

November

37,313.96

December

37,138.84

2008

January

65,922.71

February

91,471.11

The recent increase in cost of track and trace services reflects the tightening of HMRC’s data handling procedures, following the loss of child benefit data.