Customs: Cross Border Cooperation

Treasury written question – answered on 1st March 2012.

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Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab Conservative, Esher and Walton 1st March 2012

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the EU Council Act of 18 December 1997 drawing up the Convention on mutual assistance and co-operation between customs administrations, on how many occasions since 1998 (a) pursuing officers from another EU member state have continued their pursuit into UK territory without prior authorisation under Article 20 of the Convention, (b) customs officers from another EU member state have conducted covert investigations on UK territory under Article 23 of the Convention and (c) UK authorities have participated in joint special investigation teams under Article 24 of the Convention.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary 1st March 2012

HMRC records show the number of occasions as follows:

(a)—nil

(b)—nil

(c)—nil

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