HC Deb 19 April 2000 vol 348 cc586-7W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to limit tobacco smuggling via the port of Dover from the continent. [119581]

Dawn Primarolo

The Government recently announced a huge new investment of up to £209 million for HM Customs and Excise to tackle tobacco smuggling. Customs are appointing nearly 1,000 extra staff, a substantial number of whom will be at Dover. In addition, Dover will be included in the new national network of x-ray scanners.

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