To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HM Revenue and Customs posts there were in (a) Fermanagh and South Tyrone and (b) West Tyrone constituencies in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) the most recent period for which figures are available.
1 December 2016
Between 2006 and 2008 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) carried out a Regional Review Programme (RRP) designed to take forward the consolidation of its estate and the relocation of staff nationwide in line with business plans. The economic climate and changing customer demands meant that HMRC had to become leaner and more efficient.
At the outset of the RRP, HMRC had in the region of 600 staffed offices. Around 100 of these were classed as specialist sites such as ports or docks which had to be retained and were outside the review process. By December 2008, HMRC had published decisions on the future of these buildings - 258 would be vacated and 235 would be retained
The number of HMRC posts in Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituency in 2007-08 was 71. At the end of October 2016 the number of posts in this constituency was 33.
Since the formation of HMRC there has not been an HMRC office situated in the West Tyrone constituency.