To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of basing the recently announced 14th national regional centre in Portsmouth at Lynx House; and where his Department plans to base that centre.
On 25 January 2022, HMRC announced its intention to establish a new regional centre in Portsmouth, either in Lynx House or elsewhere in the city. It is expected to take some time for HMRC to work through its plans in detail to determine requirements and establish options for the most suitable location for its Portsmouth Regional Centre. This includes navigating a robust system of internal and external approvals, including National Property Controls approval. The location will be announced in due course.HMRC currently has a presence of around 900 full time equivalent roles in Portsmouth. It will continue to review its detailed requirements, including whether to increase its presence in Portsmouth, while supporting the Government’s Places for Growth ambitions.