Treasury Committee Press Notice No. 49

Session 2003-04 14 October 2004


The Sub-committee has decided to undertake an inquiry into excise duty fraud.

The inquiry will examine Customs and Excise's strategies for tackling tobacco smuggling, alcohol fraud, and fraud in the oils sector. In particular, the inquiry will examine for each of these areas:

  • the level of fraud and how this has been estimated;

  • the steps taken and proposed to reduce the level of fraud; and

  • the impact these have had on the level of fraud and on compliance costs.

The Sub-committee would welcome the submission of written evidence, which may include material not written specifically for the Committee. Submission of any material by 8 November would be helpful.

Please submit evidence by post to: Clerk of the Committee, Treasury Sub-committee, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA; by fax to 020 7219 2782; or, preferably, e-mail to

The Treasury Committee is a Select Committee of the House of Commons, appointed to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Treasury, the Inland Revenue, Customs and Excise and associated public bodies.

Rt. Hon. John McFall (Chairman), L, Dumbarton
Mr Nigel Beard, L, Bexleyheath and Crayford
Mr Jim Cousins, L, Newcastle upon Tyne Central
Angela Eagle, L, Wallasey
Mr Michael Fallon, C, Sevenoaks, (Sub-committee Chairman)
Rt. Hon. David Heathcoat-Amory, C, Wells
Norman Lamb, Lib Dem, North Norfolk
John Mann, L, Bassetlaw
Mr George Mudie, L, Leeds East
Mr James Plaskitt, L, Warwick and Leamington
Mr Robert Walter, C, North Dorset