HC Deb 09 February 1956 vol 548 c195W
6. Mr. Holt

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the new duties undertaken by the Board of Inland Revenue which at present require the employment of 52,200 civil servants compared with 25,000 in April, 1939; and if he will give the increased number employed under each category and the reduction he expects to make in the coming year.

Mr. H. Brooke

The main increases in staff in the Inland Revenue are 18,000 in Income Tax offices, 2,000 in collection offices, and 5,000 in valuation offices. They are due chiefly to a fourfold increase in Income Tax payers, to new responsibilities for rating valuation and for valuation under the Town and Country Planning Acts, and to the increased volume of land transactions by public authorities. The Board's staff is kept to the minimum for the work required. To achieve substantial reductions, there would have to be changes in fiscal policy.