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Seizure Of Private Vehicles By Customs And Excise

EDM number 480 in 2001-02, proposed by Sue Doughty on 26/11/2001.

That this House notes that there has been a substantial increase in the amount of cigarettes and tobacco brought into the country for onward sale and in the loss of income on duty of those goods; but notes also that Her Majesty's Customs and Excise has been strongly criticised by the European Commission for its treatment of British travellers bringing back cigarettes and rolling tobacco for personal use, that the London VAT and Duties Tribunal has found against the Government in a test case on Customs and Excise seizures of vehicles returning from the United Kingdom with alcohol and cigarettes over the EU guidelines and that the guidelines have no basis in law; further notes that the penalties imposed on British travellers such as the disposal of a car worth ú8,000 for alleged infringements is totally disproportionate to unpaid duty and that the actions of Her Majesty's Customs and Excise appear to be completely out of control; and calls upon the Government urgently to review the workings and legal powers of Her Majesty's Customs and Excise to ensure that travellers are treated justly and that Her Majesty's Customs and Excise can then concentrate on the major problems of professional smugglers of drugs and of duty bearing goods.

This motion has been signed by a total of 41 MPs.

Sue Doughty26/11/2001GuildfordLiberal DemocratProposed
Bob Russell26/11/2001ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Tyler26/11/2001North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Mike Hancock26/11/2001Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Nigel Jones26/11/2001CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
John Burnett26/11/2001Torridge & West DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
Lynne Jones28/11/2001Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Kevin McNamara28/11/2001Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
Annette Brooke28/11/2001Mid Dorset & North PooleLiberal DemocratSigned
John Cummings28/11/2001EasingtonLabourSigned
Andrew George28/11/2001St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Eric Illsley29/11/2001Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Richard Younger-Ross29/11/2001TeignbridgeLiberal DemocratSigned
Mark Todd29/11/2001South DerbyshireLabourSigned
John Barrett29/11/2001Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Matthew Green29/11/2001LudlowLiberal DemocratSigned
Michael Clapham29/11/2001Barnsley West & PenistoneLabourSigned
Alice Mahon29/11/2001HalifaxLabourSigned
Alan Simpson29/11/2001Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Bill Etherington30/11/2001Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Elfyn Llwyd30/11/2001Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Paul Holmes30/11/2001ChesterfieldLiberal DemocratSigned
Colin Breed30/11/2001South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Nick Harvey03/12/2001North DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
Rob Marris03/12/2001Wolverhampton South WestLabourSigned
Ann Cryer03/12/2001KeighleyLabourSigned
Syd Rapson04/12/2001Portsmouth NorthLabourSigned
Jim Cunningham04/12/2001Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Neil Gerrard04/12/2001WalthamstowLabourSigned
Phil Sawford05/12/2001KetteringLabourSigned
Jenny Tonge05/12/2001Richmond ParkLiberal DemocratSigned
David Chidgey11/12/2001EastleighLiberal DemocratSigned
David Heath12/12/2001Somerton & FromeLiberal DemocratSigned
Alistair Carmichael13/12/2001Orkney & ShetlandLiberal DemocratSigned
Brian White13/12/2001North East Milton KeynesLabourSigned
John Pugh17/12/2001SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
John McDonnell17/12/2001Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Patsy Calton10/01/2002CheadleLiberal DemocratSigned
Matthew Taylor30/01/2002Truro & St AustellLiberal DemocratSigned
Bill O'Brien06/02/2002NormantonLabourSigned
Steve Webb06/02/2002NorthavonLiberal DemocratSigned

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