HC Deb 22 December 1971 vol 828 c369W
Mr. Nicholas Edwards

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff will be employed in the Customs and Excise Department by the end of 1972 to prepare for the introduction of the value-added tax.

Mr. Higgins

It is provisionally estimated that the number in post at that time will be in the region of 5,500 but the actual figure will depend on decisions yet to be taken on the shape and scope of the tax.