HC Deb 09 February 2004 vol 417 cc1170-1W
Mr. Carmichael

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many(a) successful and (b) unsuccessful prosecutions there were for evading duty on spirits in 2001–02. [152946]

John Healey

In 2001–02 there were nine prosecutions for evading duty on spirits, of these seven were successful and two were unsuccessful.

Additionally 99 prosecutions were brought for cases involving the evasion of duty on mixed excise goods, some of which may have included spirits.

Figures for the current and future years will be reported by HM Customs and Excise in their Annual Report.