HC Deb 24 April 2002 vol 384 c334W
Jane Griffiths

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of lorries and containers were randomly searched by Customs for contraband such as beer in 2001; and what assessment he has made of the outcome of those searches. [50044]

Mr. Boateng

Customs selections of freight for examination are made on the basis of intelligence—using either regularly updated profiles or specific (target-related) information. Where a freight scanner is based at the port concerned, consignments are scanned before a physical examination is considered.

Customs do not make random selections of freight for scanning or physical examination.