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Revenue and Customs

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of the closure of HM Revenue and Customs' office, Chaucer House, Mansfield; and by what date he expects such costs to be recouped by anticipated savings resulting from the closure. (257072)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of the closure of the HM Revenue and Customs office in Burton-on-Trent; and by what date he expects such costs to be recouped by anticipated savings resulting from the closure. (257537)

Reliable figures for the costs of closing both offices will only be established once workable options have been found for all staff prior to the buildings being vacated. It is not possible to give a date by which costs would be recouped by anticipated savings from specific closures because HM Revenue and Customs' efficiency savings from business restructuring will be recognised at a department-wide level and not at individual office levels.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in the amount of travel allowance paid in each month to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) staff who are to relocate following the closure of the HMRC office in Burton-on-Trent. (257538)

The daily travel allowance that will be paid to staff as a result of the closure of Crown House, Burton on Trent cannot be estimated at this stage. The actual amounts payable depend on a number of factors which cannot be calculated in advance. These can include the mode of transport, the working pattern of the employee, availability of season tickets and cost of fuel, among others. Staff who have been working at this locality will be moving to Derby, Nottingham or Birmingham.

It is not yet certain where all employees currently working at Crown House will relocate to, as the redeployment opportunities we offer include help in moving to other Government Departments, retraining for posts in the wider public sector or other early release schemes.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total cost of redundancy payments for HM Revenue and Customs staff who are leaving the service following the closure of Chaucer House, Mansfield. (257027)

HMRC has not estimated redundancy payments for the staff at Chaucer House in Mansfield. While it has announced the vacation of the building, with the exception of the Enquiry Centre, by March 2010 HMRC is working with the staff and managers involved to identify redeployment opportunities.

Managers are meeting individually with staff to discuss their personal circumstances and the full package of options and assistance which are available.

HMRC has not used compulsory redundancy to date and will maintain this policy where it is reasonably practical to do so.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change to the total amount of travel allowance paid to HM Revenue and Customs staff who are to relocate following the closure of Chaucer House office, Mansfield. (257177)

The daily travel allowance that will be paid to staff as a result of the closure of Chaucer House, Mansfield cannot be estimated at this stage. The actual amounts payable depend on a number of factors which cannot be calculated in advance. These can include the mode of transport, the working pattern of the employee, availability of season tickets and cost of fuel, amongst others.

It is not yet certain that all employees currently working at Chaucer House will relocate to Castle Meadow as the redeployment opportunities we offer include help in moving to other Government Departments, retraining for posts in the wider public sector or other early release schemes.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of redundancy payments for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) staff who are leaving the service following the closure of the HMRC office in Burton-on-Trent. (257536)

HMRC has not estimated redundancy payments for the staff at Crown House in Burton upon Trent. It plans to vacate the building with the exception of one floor containing an inquiry centre by 31 March 2010. HMRC is working with the staff and managers involved to identify redeployment opportunities.

Managers are meeting individually with staff to discuss their personal circumstances and the full package of options and assistance which are available.

HMRC has not used compulsory redundancy to date and will maintain this policy where it is reasonably practical to do so.