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Smuggling: Fuels

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions HM Revenue and Customs staff in Northern Ireland have visited premises which were suspected to be centres for the distribution and sale of fuel either illegally produced or on which the appropriate duty had not been paid in the last 12 months. (204755)

HMRC has a regular programme of visits to retail fuel sites and fuel distribution centres. These include visits to both suspect locations and to non-suspect locations. During year ending 31 March they made 284 such visits in Northern Ireland. Some locations were visited on more than one occasion.

It would not be appropriate to disclose the number of visits to suspect locations as this could indicate the extent of intelligence held by HMRC.

This reply covers visits made by HMRC Detection staff only. It does not include any visits made by Direct Taxes, Indirect taxes or any other HMRC staff.