HC Deb 19 May 2003 vol 405 c573W
Mr. Norman

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 9April 2203,Official Report, column 269W, on Inspectorates, what the total costs incurred by the Inland Revenue were in each year since 1997. [113400]

Dawn Primarolo

The Inland Revenue undertakes a variety of activities to monitor and ensure compliance. Chiefly, this concerns enquiries into the tax returns of individuals, businesses and companies, and reviews of employer compliance. Though figures are not available for earlier years, the number of staff engaged in this work and the staff costs to the Inland Revenue, were:

Year Number of staff Total staff costs—£000
1999–2000 12,622 439,689
2000–01 12,439 446,761
2001–02 13,130 490,020

This involves staff employed at different levels working in local offices, the Large Business Office and the Special Compliance Office.