HC Deb 11 November 1999 vol 337 cc774-5W
Mr. Gill

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the estimated annual amount of tax forgone as a consequence of the cross channel trade in(a) alcoholic drinks and (b) tobacco products. [97544]

Dawn Primarolo

HM Customs and Excise's latest estimates of the amount of revenue lost (excise duty and VAT) through legitimate cross-border shopping in 1998 and cross-Channel smuggling in 1999 were published in the table 5.1 of the Pre-Budget Report, a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House.