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Thursday 6 November 2008



HMRC Workforce Change (Cornwall)

The Petition of those concerned about the closure of local HMRC offices in Cornwall.

Declares that they are concerned about cuts to public services, particularly the proposed closure of the HMRC offices.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges HM Treasury to reconsider the decision
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to close local HMRC offices in Cornwall, which provide an excellent service to local people.

And the Petitioners remain, etc. —[Presented by Andrew George , Official Report, 21 July 2008; Vol. 479, c. 623.]


Observations from the Chancellor of the Exchequer:

The Government notes the petition, and makes the following observations:

The Government notes that HMRC published on 11 June 2008 its proposals for restructuring its operations in cluster and individual locations in the South-West, which includes Cornwall. All representations will be taken into account before final decisions are made later this year on the future of offices in Cornwall and the other offices under review. HMRC will continue to maintain a local face to face advice service to customers by retaining inquiry centre services at or near their current locations.

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