§ Mr. Andrew Smith
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made of the revenue lost to excise evasion on(a) hand-rolling tobacco and (b) cigarettes since the abolition of European fiscal frontiers; and how much of this revenue has been recovered so far.878W
§ Sir John Cope
Total revenue involved for single market excise offence cases involving hand-rolling tobacco to 30 June is £527,900 and for cigarettes £36,874. The amount recovered will depend on court cases, most of which are still pending. No reliable estimates of undetected evasion are available.