HC Deb 04 March 2002 vol 381 c9W
Mr. Lidington

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when the present levels of civil penalty for oils frauds were introduced; [38552]

(2) what plans he has to increase the levels of civil penalties for oils frauds. [38551]

Dawn Primarolo

Civil penalties for all excise regimes, including oils, were introduced in the Finance Act 1994. Penalties are imposed for regulatory breaches, or failures in the duty of care.

As stated in the document "Tackling Indirect Tax Fraud" I have asked HM Customs and Excise to consider the imposition of tougher penalties, including civil penalties, against those engaged in the supply of fuels for illicit purposes, or for those found using those fuels in road vehicles.