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The Illicit Trade All Party Parliamentary Group
Inquiry into the state of illicit trade in the UK


The APPG has published a report on illicit trade in the UK, and the recommendations are now being taken up by government.

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About the Group

The APPG on Illicit Trade was set up in 2017 to investigate and raise awareness of illicit trade in Britain, support closer working with parliamentarians to bring fresh impetus and ideas to tackling illicit trade and to highlight the impact on local businesses, high streets and communities.

The APPG seeks to:

  • raise awareness amongst MPs and Peers of the detrimental impact of the illicit market in the UK;
  • improve the understanding of the costs to business, taxpayers and local communities of illicit trade;
  • highlight the links between illicit trade and organised crime in the UK;
  • examine and promote international, national and regional best practice approaches to tackle illicit trade and
  • define the principal means of reducing the demand for and supply of illicit goods in the UK.

The Group Officers

Dr Matthew Offord MP, Chair

Matthew Offord has been the MP for Hendon since 2010. As MP Matthew has taken up a wide range of issues in Parliament including tackling crime, improving the Thameslink service, new school places, funding for extra school security, lower energy costs and animal welfare.

Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Matthew worked for the BBC as a political analyst and was also Deputy Leader of Barnet Council.

Information on all the groups officers can be found here.

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Illicit Trade APPG Successes

The 2018 Budget included a firm commitment to take on the recommendation of the APPG report, launched earlier in 2018.

The announcement in the Budget followed the APPG’s high-level inquiry and subsequent report, Illicit trade in the UK. Throughout the course of the inquiry and formation of the group, APPG members kept in frequent dialogue with government officials and held meetings with the Exchequer Secretary. Resulting in a hard-hitting report that had cross-party support and the backing of support from government, industry, law enforcement and consumer groups.

The Budget 2018 reads: To signal its intent to put an end to the illicit trade in all its forms, the government will act on the recommendations of the recent All Party Parliamentary Group report by supporting the creation of a UK-wide Anti-Illicit Trade Group. This will bring together senior officials, representing each of the four parts of the United Kingdom, to share best practice and develop a national strategy for tackling this criminal activity and the societal ills that it fuels.

The group is beginning its programme of work for 2018/19, which will focus on maintaining pressure to ensure the creation of the UK-wide Anti-Illicit Trade Group and the take-up of other recommendations from the APPG’s report.

Contact the Group

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the Group, please contact Isabella Hunter-Fajardo via