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Seized Articles: Appeals

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of appeals to magistrates' courts against seizure of excise goods by HM Revenue and Customs were successful in the last two years. (250789)

During the financial year 2007-08 there were 423 condemnation cases concluded in the courts in the United Kingdom, in relation to excise goods. Approximately 8 per cent. of these appeals by the claimant were successful.

For the current financial year 2008-09 until 16 January 2009 there have been 738 condemnation cases initiated. Of these, 426 cases have been concluded and the claimants were successful in 5 per cent. of these cases.