Fuels: Tax Evasion

HM Treasury written question – answered on 11th March 2015.

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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 Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have been prosecuted for fuel laundering in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel The Exchequer Secretary

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is not a prosecuting authority. Where cases do proceed to the criminal courts in Northern Ireland the prosecution is carried out by the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland (PPSNI).

HMRC’s records do not differentiate between the forms of fuel fraud it investigates and so they cannot identify prosecutions solely for fuel laundering. Prosecutions instigated for oils offences in Northern Ireland since April 2013 were as follows:

2013-14: 6

2014-15 (to December) 6

HMRC fights 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.

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