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Tobacco Smuggling And Taxation

EDM number 376 in 2000-01, proposed by John Cummings on 27/02/2001.

That this House notes with dismay that despite recent efforts made to improve the effectiveness of HM Customs and Excise, smuggling of tobacco products into the United Kingdom continues at such a seriously high level that one third of all cigarettes purchased in Great Britain and Northern Ireland have entered the country illegally; further notes that the influx of cheap contraband tobacco products has led to an increase in smoking, in particular among young people, while at the same time threatening jobs of workers in the British tobacco manufacturing industry and depriving Her Majesty's Treasury of ú3 billion worth of revenue; and calls on Her Majesty's Government to accept that this alarming situation is caused by the ever widening gap between British and continental tobacco taxation and therefore to reduce or at least freeze the duty on tobacco in the Chancellor's Budget.

This motion has been signed by a total of 31 MPs.

John Cummings27/02/2001EasingtonLabourProposed
William Ross28/02/2001East LondonderryUUPSigned
Martin Smyth28/02/2001Belfast SouthUUPSigned
Ken Maginnis28/02/2001Fermanagh & South TyroneUUPSigned
Laura Moffatt28/02/2001CrawleyLabourSigned
Ian Paisley28/02/2001North AntrimDUPSigned
Ronnie Campbell28/02/2001Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Eric Clarke28/02/2001MidlothianLabourSigned
Frank Cook28/02/2001Stockton NorthLabourSigned
Norman Godman28/02/2001Greenock & InverclydeLabourSigned
Harry Barnes28/02/2001North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Roy Beggs28/02/2001East AntrimUUPSigned
Mike Hancock01/03/2001Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Harold Best01/03/2001Leeds North WestLabourSigned
Bill Etherington05/03/2001Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Syd Rapson06/03/2001Portsmouth NorthLabourSigned
Andy King06/03/2001Rugby & KenilworthLabourSigned
Stephen Pound07/03/2001Ealing NorthLabourSigned
John Robertson07/03/2001Glasgow, AnnieslandLabourSigned
Terry Lewis07/03/2001WorsleyLabourSigned
Bill Olner07/03/2001NuneatonLabourSigned
Michael Clapham07/03/2001Barnsley West & PenistoneLabourSigned
Tom Cox07/03/2001TootingLabourSigned
Jon Trickett07/03/2001HemsworthLabourSigned
Eric Illsley08/03/2001Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Robert McCartney12/03/2001North DownUKUPSigned
Ann Cryer12/03/2001KeighleyLabourSigned
Edward O'Hara14/03/2001Knowsley SouthLabourSigned
John McWilliam15/03/2001BlaydonLabourSigned
Fraser Kemp02/04/2001Houghton & Washington EastLabourSigned
John Marek02/04/2001WrexhamLabourSigned

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