Smuggling: Seas and Oceans

Home Office written question – answered on 10th March 2016.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what occasions Border Force Cutters seized contraband goods while on patrol in UK waters in each of the last six years; and what the (a) volume and (b) type of goods intercepted was in each such case.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

Holding answer received on 10 March 2016

Border Force does not provide seizure information specific to ports or mode of activity as to do so is likely to compromise border security.

Such information in the public domain is highly likely to inform those who seek to defraud or smuggle, how and where to target their activity in order to evade border controls.

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