Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

*No heading*

HM Treasury written question – answered on 31st July 2017.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Lord Empey Lord Empey UUP

Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which home heating oil is replacing red diesel as the main hydrocarbon fuel smuggled across the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) do not have a breakdown of the level of smuggling or the value of smuggled items along the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

HMRC publishes estimates of tax gap for fuel and other excise goods. The latest estimates are included at pages 33 to 49 of ‘Measuring Tax Gaps 2016’

These estimates cannot be disaggregated by type of fraud, such as smuggling. The estimate of the market share for illicit diesel in Northern Ireland is 8%, which amounts to about £50m in lost revenue.

HMRC continually reviews its approach to tackling tax fraud. In respect of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, HMRC plays a proactive role in the Organised Crime Taskforce, chairing the Cross Border Enforcement Groups on tobacco and fuel fraud.

HMRC continually monitors the threat from the smuggling of heating oil. There is currently no evidence to suggest that home heating oil has become the main hydrocarbon fuel smuggled across the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.