HC Deb 04 April 2000 vol 347 cc462-3W
Mr. Sayeed

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to combat the rise in smuggling of alcohol. [117348]

Dawn Primarolo

Following the March Budget, I announced a further £209 million for Customs to clamp down on excise smuggling. This will enable them to employ nearly 1,000 extra Customs officers, working at ports and inland, including additional special investigators and intelligence staff.

Within this figure an amount of £23 million will be allocated for Customs to fund a national network of x-ray scanners designed to detect smuggling in freight.