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Tobacco Smuggling

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 19 November 1997

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he will take to combat tobacco smuggling. [15943]

My right hon. Friend announced in his last Budget a review to look at the effect on the Exchequer and the industry of alcohol and tobacco fraud, smuggling and cross-border shopping. The review, which is being conducted in partnership with all the trade sectors concerned and with key Government Departments, will report to me by the end of the year with options for dealing with these issues.