HC Deb 30 January 2002 vol 379 c370W
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. [25455]

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