Did the Minister take that opportunity to raise the subject of the review of VAT offices? Has he anything to say about the proposal to close 30 of them, in view of the Government's plan to increase VAT on some commodities—on newspapers, books and so on? What implication does that have for staffing? Will he make a statement on that subject to the trade unions?
VAT was not discussed at my last meeting, which was with the Council of Civil Service Unions. Nor was it discussed at an earlier meeting that I held with union representatives from Customs and Excise. At that time they were raising matters about the customs part of the general responsibility of Customs and Excise.