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Hauliers (Fuel Fraud)

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 26 November 1997

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of measures in place to combat the fraudulent use of red diesel and similar fuels by some hauliers operating within and through Northern Ireland. [16190]

Enforcement measures must always strike a balance between the risk to the Exchequer, the impact on legitimate trade and the cost of those measures. In the case of fraudulent misuse of Red Diesel and similar fuels in Northern Ireland I am satisfied that Customs and Excise devotes sufficient resources to the problem.