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S5W-18790: Linda Fabiani (East Kilbride)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 13 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the planned closure of the HMRC office in East Kilbride, and what information it has been given regarding how many HMRC staff will (a) remain in the town when phase one of the opening of the Glasgow Regional Centre is complete and (b) be employed in Glasgow when HMRC fully withdraws from East Kilbride in 2026.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 28 September 2018

The Scottish Government has had a number of communications with the UK Government regarding the planned programme of HMRC office closures, including the closure of the offices in East Kilbride. Ministers have expressed their concerns about the impact on jobs and the economy. When the programme was initially announced on 12 November 2015, the First Minister personally spoke to the second Permanent Secretary at HMRC to relay her grave concerns over job losses.

Based on the most recent information provided by HMRC, an estimated 2,700 full-time equivalent jobs will be located at the Glasgow Regional Centre. An estimated 1,358 full-time equivalent staff are currently based at the East Kilbride transitional site (Queensway House) and this will remain open until 2025-26, after which work will be transferred to the Glasgow site.