§ Mr. Alan Williams
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many representations he has received against, and how many for, the proposed changes in the availability of stamp duty office and counter facilities; what are the reasons for the proposal not to have a tracing system at the Worthing postal centre; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Wakeham
Up to 22 February, 46 letters had been received about the Inland Revenue's staffing inspectors' suggestion that some of the provincial stamp offices might be closed. None of the letters was in favour of the proposal.
The staffing inspectors did not propose any change in the clerical procedures in operation at Worthing for dealing with postal applications. However, they did propose that if a new central office were to be established, the procedures in that office should be based on those in 102W operation at Worthing rather than those at Bush House. The Worthing procedures have been in operation for over a decade.