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Revenue and Customs: Closures

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made of the potential for savings arising from the proposed closure of HM Revenue in each of the next five years. (242747)

Potential estates savings for the next five years for offices in Scotland which HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) plans to vacate are estimated as follows:

£ million

2009-10

3.9

2010-11

7.5

2011-12

9.0

2012-13

9.5

2013-14

9.7

These savings are only part of the overall savings HMRC expects to achieve from the closure of these offices. The main reason for closure is that HMRC will achieve overall business efficiencies by consolidating staff in a smaller number of offices and introducing new and more efficient working practices.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on refitting, repairs and general maintenance of those HM Revenue and Customs offices now earmarked for vacation or closure in each of the last five years, broken down by location. (242767)

The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.