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Revenue and Customs: Wales

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made (1) of the annual savings accruing to HM Revenue and Customs as a result of the closure of its Haverfordwest office; (247839)

(2) of the costs of closing the Haverfordwest HM Revenue and Customs office and relocating staff.

The closure of the HMRC office in Haverfordwest will contribute to estimated annual estate savings of £4 million in Wales. Specific estate savings for a particular office cannot be supplied for reasons of commercial sensitivity relating to the accommodation and facility contract between HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and its business partner, Mapeley.

Estate savings are only part of the overall savings HMRC expects to achieve as a result of business efficiencies arising from restructuring.

While HMRC recognises that there will be short-term costs, including staff relocation costs, associated with the closure of Haverfordwest, reliable figures will only be established once solutions have been found for all staff and the building has been vacated.