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Crime: Fuel Laundering

House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how much they lost in taxes because of fuel laundering in Northern Ireland in 2010.

Photo of Lord Sassoon Lord Sassoon The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury

It is not possible to split revenue losses between those resulting from the illicit market and those from legitimate cross-border shopping. The illicit market includes misuse of red diesel, smuggling and mixing, as well as fuel laundering.

The latest estimates of the total non-UK duty paid consumption for 2008-09 are £160 million and £30 million of revenue lost from non-UK duty paid consumption of diesel and petrol, respectively, in Northern Ireland. These estimates are reported in Measuring Tax Gaps 2010, which is published on the HM Revenue and Customs website.

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