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Tobacco Smuggling And Taxation

EDM number 704 in 2001-02, proposed by John Cummings on 22/01/2002.

That this House notes with dismay that despite recent efforts made to improve the effectiveness of HM Customs and Excise, smuggling of tobacco products in the United Kingdom continues at such a seriously high level at 22 per cent. 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 the jobs of workers in the British tobacco manufacturing industry and depriving Her Majesty's Treasury of ú3.8 billion worth of revenue; and calls on Her Majesty's Government to accept that this alarming situation is caused by the 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 21 MPs.

John Cummings22/01/2002EasingtonLabourProposed
Martin Smyth23/01/2002Belfast SouthUUPSigned
Ronnie Campbell23/01/2002Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
David Taylor24/01/2002North West LeicestershireLabour Co-operativeSigned
Tom Cox25/01/2002TootingLabourSigned
Harry Barnes25/01/2002North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Russell Brown28/01/2002DumfriesLabourSigned
Ann Cryer28/01/2002KeighleyLabourSigned
Robert Wareing28/01/2002Liverpool, West DerbyLabourSigned
Michael Clapham29/01/2002Barnsley West & PenistoneLabourSigned
Elfyn Llwyd29/01/2002Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Terry Lewis30/01/2002WorsleyLabourSigned
Jim Dobbin30/01/2002Heywood & MiddletonLabour Co-operativeSigned
Ian Paisley31/01/2002North AntrimDUPSigned
Bill Etherington31/01/2002Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Roy Beggs31/01/2002East AntrimUUPSigned
Iris Robinson11/02/2002StrangfordDUPSigned
David Burnside06/03/2002South AntrimUUPSigned
Janet Dean08/03/2002BurtonLabourSigned
Derek Foster21/03/2002Bishop AucklandLabourSigned
Alan Meale10/04/2002MansfieldLabourSigned

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