HC Deb 11 July 2002 vol 388 c1107W
Mr. Andrew Turner

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the value of contraband brought into the UK through(a) canalised, (b) non-canalised ports of entry and (c) in total (i) in sterling and (ii) as a percentage of the total through each of (a)-(c) in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [69018]

John Healey

I regret that this information is not available in the format requested but I am able to refer the hon. Member to some sources of information on the subject that he may find of interest.

The latest information about excise smuggling can be found in the documents "Measuring Indirect Tax Fraud and Tackling Indirect Tax Fraud" (HM Customs and Excise, November 2001). Details and results of Customs activities to counter other types of contraband smuggling are published in the Customs and Excise Annual Report 2000–01 (March 2002). Copies of all of these documents have been placed in the House of Commons Library.

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