Fuels: Tax Evasion

Treasury written question – answered on 4th March 2014.

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Photo of Sammy Wilson Sammy Wilson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Treasury)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) how many people were (a) arrested, (b) convicted and (c) received custodial sentences in the UK for offences relating to fuel fraud in each of the last 10 years;

(2) how many people have received custodial sentences for fuel laundering in (a) Great Britain and (b) Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Nicky Morgan Nicky Morgan The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

Figures are available only for years from 2010-11 (arrests) and 2011-12 (convictions and sentencing). The number of people arrested, convicted and sentenced to custodial sentences is as follows:

  Arrests in the UK Convictions in the UK Custodial sentences in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) Custodial sentence in Northern Ireland
2010-11 18 n/a n/a
2011-12 15 5 1 11
2012-13 12 11 11 14
2013-14 to December 2013 23 8 1 16
1 Suspended.

This data relates to the total number of oils related offences recorded by Criminal Investigation, they are not subdivided into specific regimes.

HMRC fights fraud on a wide range of fronts, from special units performing thousands of roadside checks to raiding laundering plants. HMRC has also recently announced the selection of a new marker for rebated fuel, which will make it harder to launder marked fuel and sell it at a profit.

HMRC uses several avenues to tackle fraud: criminal prosecution, civil action (such as seizing fuel or pumps) civil penalties and strong regulatory controls.

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