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Revenue and Customs: Repayment

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessor made a discretionary payment to a member of the public as an acknowledgement of error or mismanagement in each year since 1997; and what the monetary value of such repayments was in each such year. (295658)

The table provides the available information on discretionary payments made by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as a result of error or mismanagement. Corresponding data for Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise for the nine years prior to the formation of HMRC is not available.

Discretionary payments

Number

Value (£ million)

2005-06

n/a

3.27

2006-07

n/a

2.46

2007-08

n/a

2.65

2008-09

21,221

2.69

Information on the number of payments made prior to 2008-09 is not available due to the use of a different classification schemes before this year.