COMMONS

Committee to take evidence from the Public Prosecution Service

11 January 2012

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee will hold an evidence session with the Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland as part of its inquiry into fuel laundering and smuggling.

Wednesday 11 January 2012
2.30pm, Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

Witnesses

  • Barra McGrory QC, Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland
  • Stephen Herron, Assistant Director of Fraud and Departmental Section

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee is conducting an inquiry into fuel laundering and smuggling. There are several criminal activities associated with fuel in Northern Ireland.

Fuel is smuggled across the border to exploit the differential in duty rates. Fuel is stretched by the addition of other low duty fuels such as kerosene. Fuel can also be laundered so low duty fuels such as red diesel are adulterated and passed off as a higher duty fuel.

The primary purpose of the Fraud & Departmental Section of the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland is to provide prosecutorial advice and to undertake prosecutions in a number of specialist areas, including oils frauds.

Further information

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