Tax Evasion: Fuels

Treasury written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell DUP, East Londonderry

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions illegal fuel plants in Northern Ireland have been uncovered (a) when the fuel plant has still been operating and (b) at times when the plant had ceased being operational in the last two years.

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

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) fights fuel fraud on a wide range of fronts, from special units performing thousands of roadside checks to raiding laundering plants. The UK has recently announced, jointly with Ireland, an improved new marker for rebated fuel, which will make it much harder to launder marked fuel and sell it at a profit.

In 2011-12 HMRC dismantled 29 fuel laundering plants in Northern Ireland, and 22 in 2012-13. As far as HMRC are aware, all plants were operational.

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