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Revenue and Customs: Standards

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what HM Revenue and Customs’ public service agreement and associated targets are for quantities of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine and (c) crack cocaine seized on entry to the UK in (i) 2008, (ii) 2009 and (iii) 2010. (251087)

Public service agreements (PSAs) refer to high level objectives set by Government and shared across Departments, for the current spending review period, 2008-9 to 2010-11. Individual Departments have, for this period, set departmental strategic objectives (DSOs) that will measure their achievement against PSAs and core business objectives. HMRC’s DSO3 specifically relates to reducing the amount of illicit imported and exported goods.

The PSA/DSO targets for heroin and cocaine are set out in the following table. Seizures of crack cocaine are not targeted separately—the target for cocaine includes crack cocaine.

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

Heroin

Number of seizures

61

67

67

Quantity (kg)

700

527

527

Cocaine

Number of seizures

1,176

1,174

1,174

Quantity (kg)

2,600

2,368

2,368