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Tobacco: Smuggling

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of lost revenue to his Department due to tobacco smuggling from other EU states. (126240)

It is not possible to estimate the level of tobacco smuggling solely from other EU states. Estimates are only produced on the revenue loss from smuggling originating from within and outside of the EU combined.

The estimated revenue loss to the Exchequer (duty plus VAT) on cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco due to fraud, smuggling and counterfeiting for 2000-01 to 2004-05 is reported in “Measuring Indirect Tax Losses—2006” published by HMRC in December 2006 and is available in the House of Commons Library.