TaxPersonal TaxCustoms’ chiefs to face probe

Customs' chiefs to face probe

Customs & Excise officials are to face MPs to explain why parliament was not told about a hole in the department's finances.

The losses, reported in the Financial Times to be £2bn, will come as an embarrassment to Customs’ chief Richard Broadbent, who recently reorganised Customs’ senior management team.

Announcing the move in April, Customs’ bosses said the reshuffle was designed to improve accountability and communication to ministers and the public.

The latest embarrassment follows criticism from Sir Richard Scott in the arms-to-Iraq affair and a probe which found extensive errors in a collapsed Customs’ drug-smuggling prosecution.

Customs announces management reshuffle

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