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Customs Services

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he last met Treasury Ministers to discuss (a) the customs coverage at ports and along the coast of Wales and (b) the impact of the disbandment of the Maritime and Aviation Intelligence Team on Wales; and if he will make a statement. (80360)

I have regular discussions with ministerial colleagues on a wide range of issues.

HM Revenue and Customs keeps the deployment of officers under constant review. Officers are deployed according to risk and, depending on the risk, are stationed at ports either on a permanent or visiting basis.

The work of the Maritime and Aviation Intelligence Team has been subsumed by other intelligence units. These changes have been found to be more efficient and productive. As a consequence Wales will benefit from improved intelligence relating to imported smuggled goods, whatever method of transport and point of entry is used.