Treasury Committee Press Notice No. 54

Session 2003-04 5 November 2004

The Merger of Customs & Excise and the Inland Revenue: Publication of Report

The Treasury Committee will publish its Ninth Report, The Merger of Customs & Excise and the Inland Revenue, on Thursday 11 November at midday (House of Commons paper HC 556). The Report examines the case for the merger, the expected costs and benefits, and the risks attached to it. The report also considers taxpayer confidentiality and the powers of the new department, the new arrangements for tax policy-making, and ministerial accountability.

Copies of the Report will be available to witnesses, government departments and the press from noon on Thursday 11 November at the Reception Desk at 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. Copies will also be available in the Press Gallery, House of Commons from noon.

The Report can be purchased from the Stationery Office Bookshops (tel: 0870 600 5522). The full text will also be available on the Internet ( at or before 3.30 pm on the day of publication.

The Treasury Committee is a Select Committee of the House of Commons, appointed to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Treasury, the Inland Revenue, Customs and Excise and associated public bodies. All Members of the Committee are Members of the Sub-committee.

Rt. Hon. John McFall (Chairman), L, Dumbarton
Mr Nigel Beard, L, Bexleyheath and Crayford
Mr Jim Cousins, L, Newcastle upon Tyne Central
Angela Eagle, L, Wallasey
Mr Michael Fallon, C, Sevenoaks, (Sub-committee Chairman)
Rt. Hon. David Heathcoat-Amory, C, Wells
Norman Lamb, Lib Dem, North Norfolk
John Mann, L,  Bassetlaw
Mr George Mudie, L, Leeds East
Mr James Plaskitt, L, Warwick and Leamington
Mr Robert Walter, C, North Dorset