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Smuggling: Fuels

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of revenue lost due to fuel smuggling into Northern Ireland in the last 12 months. (197915)

Estimates of the revenue lost through the illegal consumption of diesel and petrol in Northern Ireland are not available because it is not yet possible to split revenue losses between those resulting from the illicit market and those from legitimate cross-border shopping. However, estimates of the total non-UK duty paid consumption are available, and are reported in ‘Measuring Indirect Tax Losses—2007’ which is published alongside the PBR and can be found in the House of Commons Library.