Supplementary memorandum submitted by
HM Revenue & Customs
The Committee asked about the number of staff
employed by the Department who have been identified as being pre-surplus
As at 30 January, 2007 the number was 1,832.
The Committee asked how many Agency workers
and how many individually self-employed consultants are employed
by the Department.
As at 31 January, 2007 there are 166 Agency
workers and five individually self-employed consultants.
The Committee requested to know the number of
uniformed Customs posts/permanent offices in Scotland, Wales and
Devon and Cornwall.
Risks identified in Scotland, Wales, South West
England and across the UK are tackled by teams based at major
ports and airports and mobile teamsboth our National Strike
Force, and teams that deploy brigade deal with risks on a regional
basis. In addition, our five strong Cutter fleet is continually
on patrol off the coasts of the UK.
In Scotland we have 167 uniformed Customs posts/permanent
offices in Lerwick, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Paisley. From these
offices uniformed Customs staff will deploy to address risks across
the whole of Scotland.
We have 59 uniformed officers in Wales focused
on the full range of Customs activity, both at the frontier and
inland. In addition there are a further 695 operational staff
in Central region who can and will deploy to specific operations
We do not have a fixed Customs presence in Devon
and Cornwall. We continue to have staff based there, and deploy
those staff (and their colleagues elsewhere on the South Coast)
to Devon and Cornwall in line with our risk and intelligence assessments.
We do not release numbers by location of uniformed Customs staff
below a national level, as to do so could provide assistance to
those who seek to evade our controls.