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Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made of the revenue lost to excise evasion on (a) hand-rolling tobacco and (b) cigarettes since the abolition of European fiscal frontiers; and how much of this revenue has been recovered so far.

Total revenue involved for single market excise offence cases involving hand-rolling tobacco to 30 June is £527,900 and for cigarettes £36,874. The amount recovered will depend on court cases, most of which are still pending. No reliable estimates of undetected evasion are available.