Business: Birmingham

Treasury written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Chair, West Midlands Regional Select Committee

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in Birmingham had received assistance from the Business Payment Support Service on the latest date for which figures are available.

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

Since its introduction on 24 November 2008, and up to 21 March 2010, HM Revenue and Customs' Business Payment Support Service (BPSS) has agreed over 307,000 time to pay arrangements with businesses in the UK to spread tax payments of just under £5.2 billion over an agreed period.

During the same period, the BPSS has agreed around 3,800 arrangements worth £71 million in Birmingham.

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