HC Deb 15 February 1999 vol 325 c500W
30. Mrs. Lait

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on co-operation between police and Her Majesty's Customs on tobacco and alcohol smuggling and bootlegging. [69137]

Mr. Boateng

The primary responsibility for countering smuggling and the evasion of duty rests with Her Majesty's Customs and Excise, but there are well established arrangements to ensure close co-operation between the police service and Her Majesty's Customs to combat these and other criminal activities.