Headlines: April 9th, 1999

Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise are developing a programme of closer working. All Board meetings are attended by an observer who feeds back decisions to the other department. The observer does not have any representative responsibility but the arrangement ensures that each Board has first hand knowledge of thinking and plans.

In a move that will pave the way for integrating the office structures of the two departments, procurement of joint accommodation has started. The current combined estate consists of about 750 buildings, totalling about 1.5 million square metres spread throughout the U.K. The departments are seeking to establish a long term partnership with the private sector for the provision of serviced accommodation to meet their operational needs for the next 20 years.