asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is his estimate of the total amount of revenue lost in each year since 1979 because of vehicle excise duty evasion.
A comprehensive survey carried out by the Department in 1984 assessed the gross revenue loss through vehicle excise duty evasion in Great Britain to be about 4 per cent. of that due. No comprehensive surveys were undertaken between 1979 and 1984. Based on an assumed 4 per cent. evasion rate the loss of revenue in each financial year from 1979–80 would have been:
|VED—Great Britain Only|
|Gross revenue collected £ million||Estimate loss from evasion £ million|