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Tobacco: Counterfeit Manufacturing

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of guidelines on sentencing for offences relating to the smuggling and supply of illegal and counterfeit tobacco. (256865)

I understand that the independent Sentencing Guidelines Council will issue a draft guideline on fraud for consultation shortly. This is expected to cover the offence of fraudulent evasion or attempt at evasion of any duty chargeable on goods, including tobacco. The Government will respond in due course.