HC Deb 08 February 1995 vol 254 cc241-2W
Mr. Miller

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made on the effectiveness of

Office database—series CLEQ—which can be accessed by the House of Commons Library.

Rebasing the index by using January 1989 as 100 rather than the official January 1987 = 100 base has little effect on monthly changes. There are, however, slight differences due to the retail prices index methodology of calculating percentage changes from index numbers rounded to 1 decimal place. The figures requested are listed below.

anti-drug smuggling activities in relation to the proposed closure of Ellesmere Port Customs and Excise office.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory

The estimation of the effectiveness of anti-smuggling activity in a particular area is a matter for the head of the local Customs and Excise executive unit.

Customs has examined the effect of moving its operational anti-smuggling base from Ellesmere Port to Liverpool and has concluded that there will be no adverse effect on anti-smuggling control.

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