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Revenue and Customs: Shipping

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of ships arriving in the UK were searched by (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) the Immigration Service in each of the last five years. (218896)

The number of ships searched in UK ports by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) specialist search teams in each of the last three years is as follows:

Year ending 31 March:

Number

2006

333

2007

385

2008

505