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Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Financial Secretary to the Treasury wrote to the chairman of the Lords Select Committee on the European Communities on 12 January 1998 with precise details of the Ecofin Council's agreement of 1 December on harmful tax competition, including the code of conduct on business taxation.
What is the estimate of revenue lost from cross-border shopping in each of the last three years; and
What is the official estimate of the volume of hand rolling tobacco consumed in the United Kingdom which is either smuggled or purchased abroad.
The Customs estimate of the volume of hand rolling tobacco consumed in the United Kingdom, which is either smuggled or purchased abroad, is about 5,200 tonnes. This estimate is based on the Customs latest estimates for smuggling for 1997 and legitimate cross-border shopping for 1996. It does not take into account legitimate purchases of duty-free tobacco.
Revenue receipts include amounts for VAT estimated on the basis of ONS data on consumer expenditure.