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Smuggling: Tobacco

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many illegal cigarettes were seized by HM Revenue and Customs in (a) the UK and (b) Northern Ireland in 2008; and what the number seized per head of population was in each case. (264775)

[holding answer 19 March 2009]: High level data on tobacco seizures are published in the HMRC annual reports—available on the HMRC website:

The latest report contains details for 2007-08. However, the information is not collated and recorded in a way that would enable the level of detail requested to be identified.