Fuels: Smuggling

Treasury written question – answered on 23rd June 2021.

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Photo of Lord Browne of Belmont Lord Browne of Belmont DUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amount of illegal fuel that has been smuggled into the United Kingdom from the Republic of Ireland in each of the last five years.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton Minister of State (HM Treasury), Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

Cross-border cooperation is a key element of HMRC’s operational response to fuel fraud and we will continue to collaborate with Ireland and others to ensure we are well placed to respond quickly and decisively to detect and prevent this type of illegal activity. This co-operation, as well as a multi-agency approach, has driven down the assessed tax gap for the illicit fuel market share in Northern Ireland from 19% in 2005-06, to a low of 6% in the latest figures published for 2018-19. Similarly, in that period, the assessed tax gap for illicit fuel for Great Britain has reduced from 5% to 1%. Published Tax Gap assessments for illicit fuel have either reduced or remained static for the last five years.

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