Tobacco: Smuggling

Treasury written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of William McCrea William McCrea Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow DUP Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the loss of revenue arising from cigarette smuggling across the land border with the Republic of Ireland.

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

The information requested is not available.

Estimates of total revenue losses associated with the cigarette illicit market for the UK are published in “Tobacco Tax Gap estimates: 2012-13”. These estimates cannot be disaggregated by country or by the type of illicit activity e.g. through smuggling, counterfeiting or other fraud.

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/statistics/tax-gaps/ttg-2013.pdf

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