Customs Officers: Northern Ireland

HM Treasury written question – answered on 21st December 2017.

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Photo of Lord Kilclooney Lord Kilclooney Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether HM Revenue and Customs officers operate in Northern Ireland to detect illegal movements of (1) fuel, (2) tobacco, and (3) alcohol liquor, between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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

Yes - HMRC deploy a wide range of intervention measures to ensure that we effectively detect, deter and disrupt the most serious attacks on the tax system, wherever they take place. This includes HMRC Officers operating in Northern Ireland to detect and interdict illegal movements of fuel, tobacco and alcohol between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Extensive multi-agency cooperation both with our partners in Northern Ireland and across borders is a key element of the operational response to fuel, tobacco and alcohol fraud together with other illicit trade between the UK and Ireland.

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