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SEIZURE OF PRIVATE VEHICLES BY CUSTOMS AND EXCISE

EDM (Early Day Motion) 480: tabled on 26 November 2001

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 41 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

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.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Carmichael, Mr Alistair
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 December 2001
Orkney and Shetland
Chidgey, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 December 2001
Eastleigh
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2001
Barnsley West and Penistone
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 3 December 2001
Keighley
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 28 November 2001
Easington
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 4 December 2001
Coventry South
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 30 November 2001
Sunderland North
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 November 2001
St Ives
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 4 December 2001
Walthamstow
Green, Matthew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 November 2001
Ludlow
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 November 2001
Portsmouth South
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 December 2001
North Devon
Heath, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 December 2001
Somerton and Frome
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 November 2001
Chesterfield
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2001
Barnsley Central
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 28 November 2001
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 November 2001
Cheltenham
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 30 November 2001
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2001
Halifax
Marris, Rob
Labour
Signed on 3 December 2001
Wolverhampton South West
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 17 December 2001
Hayes and Harlington
McNamara, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 28 November 2001
Kingston upon Hull North
O'Brien, Sir Bill
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2002
Normanton
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 December 2001
Southport
Rapson, Syd
Labour
Signed on 4 December 2001
Portsmouth North
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 November 2001
Colchester
Sawford, Phil
Labour
Signed on 5 December 2001
Kettering
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2001
Nottingham South
Taylor, Matthew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 January 2002
Truro and St Austell
Todd, Mr Mark
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2001
South Derbyshire
Tonge, Dr Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 December 2001
Richmond Park
Tyler, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 November 2001
North Cornwall
Webb, Prof Steve
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 February 2002
Northavon
White, Brian
Labour
Signed on 13 December 2001
North East Milton Keynes
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 November 2001
Teignbridge

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.