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HM Revenue and Customs

Volume 453: debated on Monday 20 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many interceptions were made by HM Revenue and Customs on uncanalised yacht and pleasure craft traffic entering (a) the UK and (b) south coast waters in each of the last five years. (100792)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many customs officers in (a) the South Region and (b) the UK have been redeployed from static border detection work to mobile teams since 2002. (100788)

All HM Revenue and Customs Detection staff are currently deployed on a flexible, mobile and intelligence led basis to address the highest risk.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total quantity of drugs seized by HM Revenue and Customs was in each of the last five years, broken down by type of drug. (100789)

Information on drugs seizures made by HM Revenue and Customs is contained in the annual reports for HM Customs and Excise and HM Revenue and Customs. The figures for the year ending 31 March 2006 will be published in the next annual report.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what performance indicators HM Revenue and Customs uses to measure the impact of its policies to reduce the supply of class A drugs to the UK. (100790)

HM Revenue and Customs has responsibility for the interception of prohibited and restricted goods, including class A drugs, at the UK frontier. HM Revenue and Customs’ performance indicators for the interception of class A drugs at the UK frontier are set out in the Department’s ‘Public Service Agreement (PSA) 2005-06 to 2007-08’. Details may be found in the Technical Note to the PSA on the HMRC website at:

www.hmrc.gov.uk/psa/tn05-08.htm.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) drug, (b) firearm and (c) prohibited alcohol seizures were carried out by customs officers in (i) the UK and (ii) the south region in each of the last five years. (100793)

The number of drugs and firearms seizures can be found in the annual reports of HM Revenue and Customs, and HM Customs and Excise.

The number of seizures of alcohol in the UK for each of the last five years is as follows:

Number

2005-06

2,864

2004-05

4,589

2003-04

6,081

2002-03

5,596

2001-02

9,415

Information by location cannot be disclosed as this would provide information of value to those seeking to circumvent HM Revenue and Customs’ controls, thereby prejudicing the prevention and detection of crime.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) cigarette and (b) other tobacco seizures there were in (i) the UK and (ii) the south region in each of the last five years. (100795)

The number of seizures of cigarettes and other tobacco products in the UK for each of the last five years is as follows:

Cigarettes

Other tobacco products

2005-06

68,581

19,955

2004-05

60,772

16,668

2003-04

58,150

21,829

2002-03

66,198

24,808

2001-02

67,432

36,764

Information by location cannot be disclosed as this would provide information of value to those seeking to circumvent HM Revenue and Customs’ controls, thereby prejudicing the prevention and detection of crime.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer where customs officers normally based in the Port of Poole are currently working. (100797)

Numbers of HMRC staff deployed at ports and airports will change continually in line with intelligence and risk assessments and there is not a routine daily deployment of staff.

The deployment of customs officers cannot be disclosed as this would provide information of value to those seeking to circumvent HM Revenue and Customs’ controls, thereby prejudicing the prevention of crime.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many customs officers have been based in the Port of Poole in each of the last five years; and how many are currently based there. (100799)

The deployment of customs officers cannot be disclosed as this would provide information of value to those seeking to circumvent HM Revenue and Customs’ controls, thereby prejudicing the prevention of crime.