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Tobacco: Smuggling

Home Department written question – answered on 28th April 2014.

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Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Conservative, Hereford and South Herefordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of links between tobacco smuggling and organised crime.

Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Tobacco smuggling is a global, highly-profitable business, dominated by organised crime groups with the resources to continually adapt their methods in an attempt to evade UK controls. Border Force and HMRC are working collaboratively across Government and with overseas partners to disrupt tobacco smuggling and implement civil penalties and sanctions against criminals.

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