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Crime: Fuel Smuggling

Volume 687: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much they estimate has been lost to date this year from fuel smuggling and laundering in Northern Ireland. [HL445]

Estimates of the revenue lost through the illegal consumption of diesel and petrol in Northern Ireland are not available because it is not yet possible to split revenue losses between those resulting from the illicit market and those from legitimate cross-border shopping. However, estimates of the total non-UK duty-paid consumption are reported in Measuring Indirect Tax Losses—2005, which is published alongside the PBR and can be found in the House of Commons Library. Estimates for 2005 are due to be published at the time of the PBR.