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Revenue and Customs: Shrewsbury

Volume 492: debated on Friday 8 May 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what effect the closure of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC's) Shrewsbury office is expected to have on HMRC's costs, broken down by category of expenditure. (273326)

The closure of the HM Revenue and Customs office in Shrewsbury will contribute to improved efficiency through the concentration of function into a smaller number of sites. These efficiencies will be realised at a department-wide level rather than at individual office level. The closure will also contribute to cumulative overall accommodation cost savings of some £230 million by 2011-12.

Reliable figures for the specific costs of closing the Shrewsbury office will only be established once workable options have been found for all staff prior to the accommodation being vacated.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to assist school leavers in Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency to apply for jobs in HM Revenue and Customs constitution following the closure of the HMRC office in Shrewsbury. (273329)

At a time when HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reducing in numbers and closing offices, the opportunities for school leavers will be more limited. HMRC is recruiting to fill only posts with particular requirements which cannot be met internally.