Tobacco: Smuggling

Treasury written question – answered on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the amount of tobacco smuggled into the UK in each of the last five years.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Exchequer Secretary

The information requested is not available.

HM Revenue and Customs publish estimates of the total tax revenue lost to the illicit market in cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco, the latest estimate available is for the tax year 2016/17.

Estimates for the tobacco tax gap can be found in Chapter 3 of ‘Measuring tax gaps: 2018 edition’, available at

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