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Borders: Fraud

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many forged documents were confiscated at the UK’s borders by HM Revenue and Customs in 2007-08. (227216)

HMRC officers working within the UK Border Agency act to detect the importation of prohibited and restricted goods at the UK border. In the course of that activity, large numbers of forged documents are seized. These documents are referred to other agencies to investigate. The number of documents seized are not systematically retained.