Plaid MP calls for debate on future of HMRC offices in Wales


Plaid Cymru’s Hywel Williams MP today used an opportunity at Business Questions in the House of Commons to call for a debate on the future of HMRC offices in Wales.

This follows news of a leaked document which shows that 1,200 jobs are likely to be at risk in Wales with just one office out of eight (Cardiff) understood to be safe under the proposals.
HMRC also has offices in Prestatyn, Porthmadog, Wrexham, Merthyr Tydfil, Colwyn Bay and Carmarthen. Plaid has raised fears that the Welsh language provision provided by HMRC will be lost.

Mr Williams asked the Leader of the House for a debate on the issue and was assured that the relevant Minister would be made aware of his concerns.

Plaid’s Hywel Williams MP said:

“In 2007 and 2008, Elfyn Llwyd and I worked closely with the PCS union, and particularly with the Porthmadog HMRC workers, to fight the then Labour government to keep HMRC offices open in Wales.

“We argued that many hundreds of skilled and experienced staff would lose their jobs and that service to the public would inevitably be hit.

“Porthmadog was reduced but the core service was saved. The Labour government then went ahead and closed offices throughout Wales.

“Now, just a few years later, we are faced with the same battle against the Tory-Liberal Democrat government.

“The Porthmadog HMRC office is particularly important as it provides the HMRC Welsh language services. These would be very difficult to provide elsewhere and the Porthmadog staff have a superb record of service.

“If these closures go ahead then valuable local jobs will be lost in Wales in the professional and clerical sectors - sectors where jobs are already scarce enough. No doubt this will mean a big drop in service to the public too.

“It seems the UK Government of whatever political colour is intent on closing important services – from courts to passport offices – and endangering the economic recovery in Wales.

“This shows clearly that it is only Plaid who really fights for Wales.”