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Revenue and Customs: Brecon

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the effect on HM Revenue and Customs expenditure of the closure of its office in Brecon, identifying (a) costs and (b) savings separately; and if he will make a statement. (255829)

The HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) office in Brecon is held under the terms of a PFI contract. Its closure will contribute to estimated annual estate savings of £4 million in Wales. These 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 associated with the closure of its office in Brecon, reliable figures will only be established once solutions have been found for all staff and the building has been vacated.