Railways: Tickets

House of Lords written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Under what legislation HM Revenue and Customs is permitted to require train passengers to display their train tickets and provide evidence of date and place of purchase and method of payment.

Photo of Lord McKenzie of Luton Lord McKenzie of Luton Government Whip, Government Whip

Section 78 of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979, as amended by Section 4 of the Finance (No. 2 )Act 1992, empowers Customs officers, to require any persons entering or leaving the UK to answer such questions as the proper officer may put to them with respect to their baggage and anything contained therein or carried with them.

In carrying out their duties under the legislation, officers will normally seek to establish the identity of the persons in relation to their baggage and whence they have travelled. While the law does not require the traveller to produce any specific form of identity or travel documentation, passports or travel tickets would normally assist in satisfying the officer's requirement.

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