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Revenue and Customs: Manpower

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent employees worked in HM Revenue and Customs criminal investigation arm in each year since its creation. (197980)

The number of full-time equivalent employees that have worked in HM Revenue and Customs criminal investigation directorate since its creation in 2005-06 are as follows:

Staff in post (FTE)

2005-06

1,601

2006-07

1,817

2007-08

1,827

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax collectors were employed by HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessor in each year since 1979; how much tax revenue they collected in each year; how many are expected to be employed in each of the next three years; and how much is expected to be collected by them in each year. (194240)

[holding answer 17 March]: Most of the staff in HM Revenue and Customs, and its predecessor departments, Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise, are employed directly or indirectly in the collection of tax. However, because of departmental reorganisation it is not possible to provide directly comparable figures for each of the years in question.

In 2006-07, the average number of people HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) employed in the collection of taxes (taken from Note 9 of the 2006-07 Resource Account) was 89,746. This figure does not include staff working on child benefit and child trust fund. HMRC collected £423.443 billion in tax in 2006-07, and in 2007-08 £383.701 billion up to the end of February 2008.

Staff numbers and the amount of tax collected for earlier years are published in previous annual reports and accounts for HMRC and its predecessor departments.

Detailed staffing estimates for each of the next three years are not available, but HMRC has indicated that it expects by 2011 to be operating with around 25,000 fewer posts than the baseline SR04 figure of 97,755 full-time equivalent posts on 1 April 2004.

Table C6 of Budget 2008 (HC 388) gives estimates of future receipts.