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Smuggling: Fuel Oil

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 7 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been convicted of offences relating to (a) fuel smuggling and (b) fuel laundering in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months. (325539)

I have been asked to reply.

In 2008-09, 10 people were convicted of hydrocarbon oil offences in Northern Ireland. The legislation that covers the evasion or attempted evasion of duty on hydrocarbon oil is the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979, and this covers both fuel smuggling and fuel laundering offences.

Tackling fuel crime is a key priority for the Government. HM Revenue and Customs works in close partnership with other law enforcement agencies within the Organised Crime Task Force to disrupt fuel smugglers and launderers, bring them before the courts and confiscate their illegally acquired assets.