HC Deb 09 May 2002 vol 385 c343W
Paul Flynn

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the percentage of(a) alcohol, (b) tobacco and (c) pornographic material that escaped detection and was imported illegally into the United Kingdom in each of the past three years.[54817]

Mr. Boateng

Customs latest figures for the revenue value of detected alcohol and tobacco fraud and smuggling are for 2000–01 and are contained in Customs annual report for that year.

Customs latest estimates for the revenue loss and illicit market shares arising from all forms of alcohol and tobacco fraud were published in the documents "Tackling Indirect Tax Fraud" and "Measuring Indirect Tax Fraud" at the time of the pre-Budget report in November 2001. They also contain the most recently published figures for Customs cigarette seizures.

Customs have no estimates of the total amount of pornographic material illegally imported into the UK.