§ Mr. Lidington
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the outstanding debt to HM Customs and Excise at(a) 31 March 2000, (b) 31 March 2001 and (c) the most recent date for which information is available was in respect of (i) assessments being challenged by business, (ii) fraud-related debts where recovery action has been suspended and (iii) debt placed under civil recovery action through the courts; 
(2) what was the total outstanding debt to HM Customs and Excise at (a) 31 March 1996, (b) 31 March 1997, (c) 31 March 1998, (d) 31 March 1999, (e) 31 March 2000 and (f) 31 March 2001. 398W
§ Mr. Boateng
[holding answer 4 March 2002]: Relevant statistical information concerning debt owed by HM Customs and Excise is published on a routine basis in their Departmental Annual Report.