Revenue and Customs: North West

Treasury written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Labour, Chorley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the relative performance against objectives of HM Revenue and Customs staff at (a) Chorley, (b) Bolton, (c) Blackburn and (d) St. Helens; when a Minister from his Department last visited each such office; and what (i) timetable and (ii) details for re-organisation of these offices (A) were originally announced to staff and (B) are now in place.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Financial Secretary, HM Treasury

I refer my hon. Friend to the answers I gave on 2 July 2008, Hansard, column 966W. The reasons for offices being either retained or closed under HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) work force change programme is not a reflection on the current performance of staff working in those offices.

I have not visited the HMRC offices in Chorley, Bolton, Blackburn or St. Helens.

Announcements of decisions on those offices were made on 29 February 2008. In those announcements staff were informed that some movement of work and staff would commence in spring 2008 and continue as alternative accommodation became ready.

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