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Smuggling: Tobacco

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of illegal cigarettes sold in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months; and what proportion that was of the total number of cigarettes sold in Northern Ireland in that period. (206252)

The most recent estimates for the volume and market share of cigarettes that are illegally sold in the UK are for 2005-06 and were published by HMRC in the report ‘Measuring Indirect Tax Losses—2007’ which is available in the House of Commons Library.

Specific estimates for Northern Ireland are not available.

In 2007-08, HMRC seized approximately 4.6 million cigarettes in Northern Ireland compared to 591 million cigarettes for the UK as a whole.