§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why it is possible for him to give details only of the number of reports and prosecutions and the amount of loss of revenue through the evasion of the payment of the road fund excise licence for the year 1969; when he expects to be able to publish similar details for the year ended December, 1970; and whether he will supply details of the same when available to the hon. Member for West Ham, North.
§ Mr. Higgins
The figures for the year ended December, 1970 of reports and prosecutions of apparent V.E.D. offences have been delayed by the postal strike. They will be available next month and I shall send them to the hon. Member, together with the figure for payments ordered by the Courts in penalties and back duty. As I said in my reply to the hon. Member on 27th April, this last figure relates to enforcement and not to loss of revenue.—[Vol. 816, c. 66–67.]