Revenue and Customs: Portsmouth

Treasury written question – answered on 11th February 2022.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement), Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs he expects to be maintained by his Department in Portsmouth in the (a) short term and (b) long term in the context of HMRC’s decision to continue its presence in Portsmouth; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement), Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools)

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.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

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.

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