122894 - Fraud: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Mr Gregory Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many arrests there have been in connection with fuel fraud in Northern Ireland between 1 April 2017 and 31 December 2017.

Mr Shailesh Vara

HMRC confirm that there have been 3 arrests for fuel fraud between 1 April 2017 and 31 December 2017. The UK Government is committed to tackling fuel fraud in Northern Ireland and works closely with partners across the UK and Ireland under the auspices of the Northern Ireland Organised Crime Task Force (OCTF) and the Joint Agency Task Force. The Joint Agency Task Force was established by the Fresh Start Agreement to enhance efforts to tackle cross border organised crime and to bring to justice those involved in it.