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Revenue and Customs: Yorkshire and the Humber

Volume 486: debated on Monday 19 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the savings from the reorganisation of HM Revenue and Customs office space in Yorkshire and the Humber; and if he will make a statement. (247322)

The reorganisation of HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC's) office space in Yorkshire and the Humber will yield estimated annual estates savings of £12.6 million. These are however only part of the overall savings HMRC expects to achieve from the restructuring of its business and estate. The main reason for the reorganisation is to allow HMRC to achieve operational efficiencies and better customer service across the UK by consolidating staff and work in fewer locations and introducing new and more efficient working practices.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from local authorities on proposed tax office closures in Yorkshire and the Humber; and if he will make a statement. (247324)

Treasury Ministers and officials receive representations from a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such representations.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the HM Revenue and Customs reorganisation programme on levels of employment in Yorkshire and the Humber; and if he will make a statement. (247325)

HMRC is reorganising its business across the UK so that it can operate more efficiently, and provide better customer service, with fewer staff. Its offices in Yorkshire and the Humber have been reviewed as part of the programme to align estate with future business requirements. Staff in offices that are due to close will wherever possible relocate to one of the long-term locations. If they cannot do so, alternative redeployment options will be considered, including redeployment to another public service employer.