Dear HM Revenue and Customs,

Please provide statistics for call waiting times over the last 10 years, for HMRC.

In other words, please advise how long, on average, callers are made to wait.

I will need a breakdown by year of the average.

Please also provide statistics on the total number of calls received, the total number of dropped calls, and the total number of staff employed in your call centres, again broken down by year.

Yours faithfully,

Mr.R.Devonshire on behalf of FOI Central Team, HM Revenue and Customs

Our ref: FOI2018/01217

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Dear Mr Devonshire,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 13th

Yours sincerely,

HMRC Freedom of Information Team

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

My suggestion is to seek advice and assistance - they've said they can't see how they can advise and assist, but there are things you ask them about. You could ask them to identify their most used phone numbers / helpline numbers which where in operation over the last decade and confine your request to them for example.

Narrowing down the time-frame is another option; you could ask for statistics the last full year - 2017, and 2007, only if you want to compare how things changed over the decade for example.

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