Vat

Treasury written question – answered on 6th November 2001.

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Photo of David Lidington David Lidington Shadow Financial Secretary

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of criminal VAT fraud were reported in (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c) 2001–02 to date; how many prosecutions were completed in each year; and how many of those prosecutions were completed successfully.

Photo of Mr Paul Boateng Mr Paul Boateng Financial Secretary, HM Treasury, The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The number of reported VAT fraud criminal cases is:

1999–2000: 105

2000–01: 92.

During 1999–2000, 49 prosecutions were completed, of which in 48 one or more defendants were convicted. During 2000–01, 24 prosecutions were completed, of which in 20 one or more defendants were convicted.

Accurate figures for 2001–02 will be calculated after the year in question.

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