§ Mrs. Currie
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the result of the pilot scheme of co -operation between the Inland revenue and the Department of Health and Social Security over inspections of employers' pay-as-you-earn and national insurance records.
§ Mr. Moore
In July 1983 my predecessor announced a pilot scheme to test whether procedures could be introduced to reduce the number of separate visits to employers by officers of the Inland Revenue and the Department of Health and Social Security.
In the exercise, carried out in 1983–84, certain DHSS inspectors, when visiting employers about national insurance matters, also made a limited review of the operation of the pay-as-you-earn scheme. The results indicate that if these arrangements were undertaken nationally, they could lead to a substantial reduction in the number of duplicated visits made to employers each year.
Accordingly, the Government have decided to implement the new arrangements on a nationwide basis. They should be fully operational in the middle of 1986.