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Excise Duties: Wines

Treasury written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson Liberal Democrat, North Cornwall

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the cost to the public purse of wine fraud in the latest period for which figures are available; and what recent steps he has taken to mitigate wine fraud.

Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

holding answer 31 January 2011

No specific estimate is made of the level of fraud in wine. When the alcohol strategy was renewed last year it was extended to address all categories of alcoholic drinks and not just spirits, the only drinks covered by the previous strategy. In the first nine months from implementation of the renewed strategy HMRC and UKBA have seized over 1.8 million litres of illicit wine. The 'Tackling Alcohol Fraud' strategy which was implemented from 1 April 2010 addresses fraud in all alcoholic drinks including wine.

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