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 what was the value of (a) court fines and costs and (b) confiscation and compensation orders following the completion of prosecutions in VAT criminal cases in (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c) 2001–02 to date.

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

The amount of money realised for each of the periods referred to was, in respect of confiscation orders for VAT cases only, as follows:

(a) 1999–2000 415,585,93
(b) 2000–01 795,020.25
(c) 2001–02(4) 102,411.78

(4) April to September

Customs does not keep details as to the value of court fines or costs orders made nor does it have any record of compensation orders made. Similarly, it does not keep any record of confiscation orders made—only the amount realised through enforcement.

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