Work and Pensions man to be Varney's deputy
Paul Gray, currently second permanent secretary in charge of pensions and disability at the Department for Work and Pensions, will be deputy chairman to David Varney at the new tax department.
Both Varney and Gray will take up their posts on 1 September 2004.
Gordon Brown said:
‘Mr Varney is an outstanding business leader with a first rate record proven across the private sector with a reputation for good management and effective delivery. I know he will have the support of the existing management and staff in the two departments, who have my gratitude for the excellent job they continue to do’
David Varney commented: ‘This is one of the biggest delivery jobs in government and I am very excited about the challenge of making the new department a success. I look forward to working with Paul Gray and all the staff in the department.’