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Fuel Smuggling

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

5. To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the quantity of fuel smuggled between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in the last 12 months. (248303)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent estimate he has made of the trends in the level of fuel smuggling into Northern Ireland. (248304)

Latest HMRC figures indicate that the amount of fuel used but not sourced in NI is reducing. However, the OCTF is not complacent, during 2007-08 HMRC seized 0.82 million litres of fuel, disrupted eight laundering plants and seized 844 vehicles.