The cross-party panel of MPs and Peers conducting the inquiry met for the first time on 10 May 2012 and elected Andrew Griffiths MP, Conservative Member for Burton and Chair of the APPBG and Rt Hon John Healey MP, Labour Member for Wentworth and Dearne and ex-Treasury Minister, as joint chairs.
The panel agreed:
To investigate the nature, scale and impact of beer
duty fraud in the UK and the evidential basis of HMRC’s estimates, to assess
the strengths and weaknesses of HMRC’s proposals to counter this fraud and to
consider reasons for failure of the present system and alternative
The panel held six hearings at Westminster and visited Dover, prior to publishing its report on 16 July 2012.