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Jane Kennedy: For the period up to April 2006 I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the then Paymaster General on 4 September 2006, Official Report, column 2004W. Between 1 April 2006 and 31 March 2007, 2,084 complaints about the tax credits helpline were received by HMRCs customer contact directorate. For the current tax year, April 2007 to date, figures are not yet readily available.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what training is given to staff working on the Tax Credits Helpline; and how many full working days of training staff must undertake before handling calls to the Helpline. 
Jane Kennedy: I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the then Paymaster General on 21 November 2005, Official Report, column 1576W, regarding the training that is given to Tax Credits Helpline advisers.
The initial training course for Tax Credits Helpline advisers is 15 working days, after which time advisers would be expected to handle calls. However depending on their individual skills and confidence, trainees might handle some calls before then under close supervision before then. A period of post training support is also provided and on-going call coaching ensures that Helpline advisers skills and knowledge are developed. In addition, training is delivered across the Tax Credit Helpline service in response to procedural and legislative changes.
HMRC has a centrally managed budget for human resource and learning activities (which includes training) and does not have separate budgets for each of its contact centre lines of business such as the Tax Credits Helpline.