HC Deb 25 June 1975 vol 894 c180W
Mr. John Evans

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what is the estimated shortfall in revenue to the Treasury caused by shortage of staff in the Inland Revenue Department;

(2) what would be the annual cost of filling all the present vacancies in the Inland Revenue Department;

(3) what is the total staff shortage in the Inland Revenue Department; and if he will give the figures on a regional basis.

Mr. Denzil Davies

At 1st June 1975 the number of staff in post in the Inland Revenue Department, excluding casual staff, was about 1,650 less than the manpower forecast. A division of this total by regions is not readily available. The annual salary cost of filling these vacancies would be in the region of £4.5 million. It is not possible to make any realistic estimate of revenue lost because of shortages of staff.