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Fuel smuggling is still a problem, says MP

Published 12/02/2010

Customs officials have not been diligent enough in tackling Northern Ireland's fuel smuggling problem, the Government has been told.

DUP politicians raised concerns about the millions of pounds being lost as oil continues to be brought in illegally from the Republic.

East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell questioned if there was agreement that “Revenue and Customs has not been diligent enough in dealing with the oil that is illegally brought across from the Irish Republic to be sold in Northern Ireland?”.

Ministers insist “progress is being made” with latest figures showing one million litres of contraband fuel was seized in the province last year compared to 800,000 in the previous 12 months.

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