HC Deb 31 March 1995 vol 257 c862W
Mr. Turner

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue he estimates has been lost to Customs and Excise as a result of the smuggling of beers, wines and spirits in the last year. [16770]

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory

It is difficult to calculate the true extent of smuggling. Assuming a detection rate of one in 20 would suggest, for the 12 months to 31 January 1995, a revenue loss relating to alcohol in the order of £37 million.

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