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Smuggling: Northern Ireland

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what quantity of illegal (a) cigarettes, (b) spirits, (c) diesel, (d) petrol and (e) counterfeit goods was recovered in Northern Ireland in each of the last two years. (313678)

The figures for the last two years are shown in the following table. HMRC record diesel and petrol together, so the oils figure covers both.

2007-08

2008-09

Cigarettes (million sticks)

4.7

22.1

Spirits (litres)

761

703

Oils (million litres)

0.82

1.09

Counterfeit goods (units)

23,227

1,684

The pressure we maintain to disrupt illicit supply chains means that fraudsters continually respond by changing their modus operandi and supply routes. That leads to fluctuations in the level seizures we make region by region year and on year.

In relation to the difference between the numbers of counterfeit units seized, the 2007-08 figures include a single exceptional seizure of 21,000 units.