Employment

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 23rd March 2007.

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Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

Question S2W-32214

To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the economic impact of the decision by HM Revenue and Customs to transfer all the functions and 200 jobs from its National Compliance Risk offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh to England.

Photo of Nicol Stephen Nicol Stephen Liberal Democrat

The HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) change programme which includes major business restructuring and a review of all of its accommodations is primarily a matter for Her Majesty’s Government. No detailed discussions have taken place with the UK Government to date. However, I understand that no decisions have yet been made in relation to the long-term location of National Compliance Risk work and no Risk posts will be moved from current locations until the regional accommodation review process has been completed.

Other work may move to Scotland as business streams reorganise. HMRC have already moved 142 posts to Scotland under the Government relocation programme and may move further posts as their planning work develops. It is therefore too early to speculate on the impact in Scotland of any possible job losses.

As we have previously noted, we will take account of potential job losses within the context of future relocation decisions.

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