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Revenue and Customs: Closures

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the proposed closure of HM Revenue and Customs offices in Scotland. (212919)

None. HMRC is conducting an estates review as the organisation has identified that it can operate more efficiently, estimating that it has around 30 to 40 per cent. excess office space overall. This review follows the creation of the department from the former Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise and aims to make savings totalling £100 million by 2011. In doing so, HMRC is committed to matching its future business strategy with the correct provision of accommodation and people by consulting with staff, trade unions, MPs, local authorities and other stakeholders. The consultation regarding Scottish proposals ends on 30 July and I urge all stakeholders to participate in the process.