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Export Control

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what budget HM Customs has allocated to policing the Export Control Act 2002 in 2006-07; how many personnel are engaged in policing the Act; and of what type. (84367)

HM Revenue and Customs does not allocate a separate budget to policing the Export Control Act 2002. HMRC personnel are multifunctional and deal with a wide range of different controls under UK and EC Regulations. On 25 May 2006, HMRC advised the Quadripartite Select Committee that in any one year between 60 and 100 staff years were expended on enforcing strategic export controls. This includes personnel involved in criminal investigation, intelligence, detection, policy advice, entry-processing, and local and national compliance.