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Smuggling: Fuels

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many vehicles were detected smuggling fuel into Northern Ireland in each of the last three years. (146943)

I have been asked to reply.

The number of vehicles detected smuggling fuel into Northern Ireland for each of the last three years was:

As at 31 March each year

Number

2005

108

2006

67

2007

37

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what total quantity of fuel being smuggled into Northern Ireland was seized in each of the last three years. (146944)

I have been asked to reply.

The total quantity of fuel smuggled into Northern Ireland and seized for each of the last three years is as follows:

As at 31 March each year

Litres

2005

301,020

2006

297,260

2007

240,600

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what volume of fuel being smuggled from Northern Ireland to (a) the Republic of Ireland and (b) mainland Great Britain was seized in each of the last three years. (146946)

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested is as follows.

(a) Fuel smuggled from Northern Ireland into the Republic of Ireland is a matter dealt with by the Republic of Ireland authorities. HMRC have no record of seizures made in the Republic of Ireland.

(b) It is not a smuggling offence to transport fuel from Northern Ireland to mainland Great Britain, as this is an internal movement within the United Kingdom. Therefore, no such seizures have been made.