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Customs Officers: South West Region

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many Customs officers were permanently attached to (a) seaports, (b) airfields in (i) Cornwall, (ii) Devon, (iii) Dorset, (iv) Isle of Wight and (v) Hampshire in (A) 2001 and (B) 2007; and if he will make a statement; (156682)

(2) what plans he has to increase the permanent presence of customs officers at (a) seaports and (b) airfields in (i) Cornwall, (ii) Devon, (iii) Dorset, (iv) Isle of Wight and (v) Hampshire, with particular reference to land-based officers doing uncanalised work; and if he will make a statement.

HMRC do not release the numbers of front line Customs staff that they deploy at a local level 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.