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Customs: Searches

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many searches were made by customs officers in each of the last five years; how many seizures of money were made; and how much money was seized. (109675)

The number of searches of persons undertaken by HMRC is published in the annual reports for HM Customs and Excise and HM Revenue and Customs. HM Revenue and Customs does not centrally record the number of any other searches that it undertake.

The number and quantity of cash seized by HMRC is shown in the table.

Total number of cash seizures made where the cash has not been returned

Total value of cash seizures made where the cash has not been returned (£ million)

Total number of cash seizures where the cash has been returned

Total value of cash seized and returned (£ million)

2005-06

559

20.00

48

13.1

2004-05

875

22.9

113

2.1

2003-04

678

33.5

189

5.5

2002-03

465

34.6

55

3.1

2001-02

310

15.1

9

0.26