HC Deb 22 October 1987 vol 120 cc859-60W
Mr. Andrew Smith

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many fraud officers were employed in the Inland Revenue (a) in May 1980 and (b) in the most recent month for which figures are available.

Table 1
Allowances and Reliefs—Employees
United Kingdom Germany
£ £
(see note 1)
Personal allowances (a) Basic exemption (zero rate band)
Single person 2,455 Single person 990
One-earner married couple 3,695 One-earner married couple 1,985
Two-earner married couple 6,150 Two-earner married couple 1,985

Mr. Norman Lamont

The Inland Revenue employs some 2,400 staff on investigation work in local tax offices and specialist units. The equivalent figure for May 1980 was about 1,500.