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Committee to take evidence from the Economic Secretary

25 January 2012

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee will take evidence from Chloe Smith MP, Economic Secretary, HM Treasury, and officials from HMRC, as part of its inquiry into fuel laundering and smuggling.

Wednesday 25 January 2012
2.30pm, Grimmond Room, Portcullis House, Westminster

Witnesses

  • Chloe Smith MP, Economic Secretary, HM Treasury
  • Bill Williamson, Acting Director, Excise, Customs, Stamp Duty and Money Laundering Regulation, HMRC
  • John Whiting, Head of Criminal Investigation, Wales, West and Northern Ireland, HMRC

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.

Further information

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