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Prosecutions: Tobacco

Attorney-General written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Conservative, Pendle

To ask the Attorney-General how many people have been prosecuted for selling illegal tobacco products in each of the last five years.

Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve The Attorney-General

Excise offences include evasion of duty on alcohol and hydrocarbon oils as well as tobacco products. There is no specific offence of selling illegal tobacco products.

The following table provides information relating to the number of completed prosecutions, by defendant, for “excise” offences where charges were laid under SI 70 of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979. It is not possible to break this data down further without retrieving files at disproportionate expense.

Financial years Excise cases
2006-07 358
2007-08 330
2008-09 240
2009-10 263
2010-11 271
2011-to date 320

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