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HM Revenue and Customs Staff

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs employees have been allocated to the reduction of the importation of (a) controlled drugs, (b) illegal firearms and (c) illicit (i) alcohol and (ii) tobacco in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (98507)

The following table provides data on annual HM Revenue and Customs staff years employed. The data for other prohibitions and restrictions (Other P and Rs) includes staff years employed on firearms. The recording system does not break the figures down beyond these four categories.

Data prior to 2002-03 is not readily available.

Number of staff years employed

Class A drugs

Alcohol

Tobacco

Other P and Rs

2002-03

2623.4

869.7

2437.7

219.2

2003-04

2742.3

828.0

2084.0

217.4

2004-05

2877.6

767.0

1877.9

290.8

2005-06

2503.8

742.2

2113.4

242.6