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Tobacco Products (Duty)

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of (a) the proportion of tobacco products consumed in the UK on which duty has not been paid due to smuggling and fraud in each year since 1997 and (b) the resultant cost to the Exchequer. (80793)

HM Revenue and Customs estimates of the proportion of tobacco products consumed in the UK on which duty has not been paid due to smuggling and fraud are available from 1999-2000.

The proportion of cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco consumed in the UK on which duty has not been paid due to smuggling and fraud and the resultant cost to the Exchequer for 2000-01 to 2003-04 are given in Table 3.3 and Table 3.5 respectively of “Measuring Indirect Tax Losses—2005”, published by HM Revenue and Customs in December 2005 and is available from the House of Commons Library. The proportion of cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco consumed in the UK on which duty has not been paid due to smuggling and fraud for 1999-2000 can be found in Table 3.2 and Table 3.5 respectively of “Measuring indirect tax losses” published in November 2002 by HM Customs and Excise, also available from the House of Commons Library, with the corresponding resultant cost to the Exchequer in Table 3.1 and 3.4 respectively.