Smuggling

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th July 2014.

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Photo of Lord Kennedy of Southwark Lord Kennedy of Southwark Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the revenue lost to the Exchequer as a result of smuggling between the United Kingdom and mainland Europe.

Photo of Lord Deighton Lord Deighton The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury

The information is not available. Tax gaps for alcohol, tobacco and oils were published in “Measuring Tax Gaps 2013”. These estimates cover all revenue losses and cannot be broken down to isolate losses as a result of smuggling between the UK and mainland Europe.

“Measuring Tax Gaps 2013” can be accessed via the following page on the HMRC website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/measuring-tax-gaps

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