Treasury written question – answered on 6th November 2001.

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Photo of David Lidington David Lidington Shadow Financial Secretary

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many traders were dealt with by the VAT large payers unit in (a) 1997–98, (b) 1998–99, (c) 1999–2000 and (d) 2000–01; how many traders are now being dealt with by the unit; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Paul Boateng Mr Paul Boateng Financial Secretary, HM Treasury, The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The number of traders dealt with by the VAT large payers unit was 10,000 in 1997–98, 13,000 in 1998–99, 13,500 in 1999–2000, 14,500 in 2000–01 and is currently around 14,900.

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