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Ship Searches

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many ships were searched by HM Revenue and Customs in Northern Ireland ports in each of the last three years. (100272)

HMRC deploys resources according to risk and a number of modes of transport are searched as part of the UK Oils Strategy. Revealing specific information regarding geographical deployment could undermine the Department’s efforts to prevent and detect smuggling and to apprehend and prosecute of those who set out to evade the controls.