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Wines: Imports

HM Treasury written question – answered on 15th February 2017.

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Photo of Lord Blencathra Lord Blencathra Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many imported bottles of wine were sampled in each of the last five years, in order to check for fraud and forgery, broken down by samples from (1) EU member states, and (2) the rest of the world.

Photo of Baroness Neville-Rolfe Baroness Neville-Rolfe The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury

The information requested is not held.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is responsible for protecting the Exchequer from alcohol duty fraud. The majority of this fraud in the UK relates to the diversion of genuine products, without payment of duty. HMRC has a published strategy for dealing with alcohol fraud. This is risk-based and sampling does not form part of this approach.

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