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Customs (Cornwall)

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the possible effects of the withdrawal of front-line customs staff in Cornwall on the import of illegal goods; and if he will make a statement. (81095)

HM Revenue and Customs deploys resource in line with intelligence and risk assessments in order to maximise the impact on criminal activity at the frontier.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many firearms were seized by customs staff in Cornwall in each year since 1997. (81096)

Information for firearms seizures made by HM Revenue and Customs since 2000 is contained in the annual reports for HM Customs and Excise and HM Revenue and Customs. The figures for the year ending 31 March 2006 will be published in the next annual report.

More detailed information is not available as disclosure of results at specific locations would provide information of value to those seeking to circumvent HM Revenue and Customs’ controls, thereby prejudicing the prevention and detection of crime.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of staff retention among customs officers based in Cornwall. (81098)

No specific assessment has been made of staff retention among customs officers based in Cornwall.