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Illegal Imports

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of illegal items entering the UK in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (98505)

HM Revenue and Customs does not make its own estimates of the number of illegal items entering the UK. Lead Departments and other agencies produce estimates for certain items. Where appropriate HMRC employs these estimates for operational targeting.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of what illegal items HM Revenue and Customs has targets to reduce the level of imports; and if he will make a statement. (98504)

HM Revenue and Customs’ public service agreement includes the target to maintain or increase the number of seizures from 2005-06 baselines of class A drugs and meat and other items seized under the products of animal origin regulations.