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Smuggling: Boats

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many uncanalised yacht and pleasure craft are estimated to have entered the UK in each year since 2003; and how many interventions or challenges have been made on yacht and pleasure craft by HM Revenue and Customs or other UK authorities since 2003. (156028)

HM Revenue and Customs have not made any estimate of the number of yacht and pleasure craft arrivals to the UK.

We do not record centrally the number of challenges made on such craft.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what border controls HM Revenue and Customs exercise on (a) uncanalised yachts and (b) pleasure craft traffic, (i) entering and (ii) leaving the UK; and how many seizures of articles subject to an import prohibition have been made by HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 2003, broken down by category of item; and if he will make a statement. (156377)

HM Revenue and Customs challenge, board and search yachts and pleasure craft on an intelligence-led basis. We do not centrally record seizures from such craft separately from other modes of transport.

National seizure figures are available in the HM Revenue and Customs Annual Report.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) records and (b) estimates have been made of the number of uncanalised yacht and pleasure craft entering the UK each year since 2003; and how many challenges have been made in respect of such craft by HM Revenue and Customs or other UK authority since 2003. (156608)

HM Revenue and Customs have not made any estimate of the number of yacht and pleasure craft arrivals to the UK. No record is kept of the number of such vessels entering the UK.

We do not record centrally the number of challenges made on such craft.