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British Rail (Customs Controls)

Volume 130: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1988

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will detail the facilities and procedures required of British Rail by the Board of Customs and Excise to allow for the performance of effective on-train customs controls.

Discussions are at present taking place between Customs and British Rail about the facilities that would be required on the through trains travelling via Olympia. These include adequate space for baggage examination and interviews. Back-up facilities will also be required at Olympia for the more protracted investigations where serious offences are detected or suspected, for the detention of offenders and suspects and for communications and administrative support. Discussions with BR on the Olympia requirements will begin shortly.