§ Norman Baker
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Customs officials have been based at Newhaven in each year from 1987 to date. 
§ Mr. Boateng
[holding answer 9 January 2002]: Increased flexibility, mobility and use of information technology means that numbers of Customs staff based at a location is not a valid indicator of Customs activity.
Precise figures for each year are not available following a series of structural changes and variations in the way in which levels of resource deployed are measured.
Estimated figures for Newhaven Year Estimated staff 1990 124 1993 82 1995 60 1999 45 2000 30 2001 26 2002 15