Revenue and Customs: Southend-on-Sea

Treasury written question – answered on 7th October 2008.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) what representations he has received since January 2008 from Southend-on-Sea Borough Council on staffing levels in HM Revenue and Customs offices in Southend; what plans he has to meet representatives from the council to discuss this issue; and if he will make a statement;

(2) if he will place in the Library a copy of the representations received from (a) Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and (b) the Public and Commercial Services Union on the closure of HM Revenue and Customs offices in Southend; what responses he gave in each case; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Financial Secretary (HM Treasury) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answers the former Financial Secretary my right hon. Friend Jane Kennedy gave on 16 June 2008, Hansard, columns 692-93. I have no current plans to meet representatives from Southend council.

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