HC Deb 23 July 1996 vol 282 cc183-4W
Mr. David Evans

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what increase there has been in recorded tobacco smuggling-related crime since the inception of the single market. [38818]

Mrs. Angela Knight

I have been asked to reply.

Detections by the excise verification officers employed by Custom to combat smuggling of excise goods within the European Union for the first three years of the single market are shown in the table.

Calender year Number of detections Total revenue involved (£ million)
1993 813 1.2
1994 2,059 3.6
1995 3,429 6.9

agreed with the Home Office, but the allocation of funds to particular schemes and the priorities which guide that funding are matters for Victim Support, not the Home Office.

The table summarises the available information. It is based on data supplied by Victim Support. Some reorganisation of schemes have occurred in the period, and not all schemes have received Home Office grant throughout it.

In 1995–96, 19 victim support schemes in Wales had paid members on their staff.