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Firearms

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of firearms illegally imported into the UK in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (100245)

HM Revenue and Customs has not made any estimate of the number of firearms illegally imported into the UK in each year since 1997.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the merits of introducing a new Public Service Agreement target on tackling the illegal importation of firearms; and if he will make a statement. (100246)

HM Revenue and Customs has concluded a public service agreement with objectives and performance targets for delivery by 2007-08. The current public service agreement does include a target for the conclusion and fulfilment of Service Level Agreements for all prohibitions and restrictions. A Service Level Agreement has been concluded for firearms and a process is in place for assessing the extent to which HM Revenue and Customs has fulfilled its responsibilities.