|by Herr Von Sked|
The recordings we've done have always been covert as UKBA/HMRC don't want you to record them and tell you that you cannot legally do so. Well, lo and behold this is another UKBA/HMRC LIE! They may refuse to record the interview but YOU can.
You ARE allowed to record them! Who says so? ... the UKBA/HMRC in their own procedures! Yes, you read that right ... the UKBA/HMRC procedures say you CAN record them.
This means they will behave themselves somewhat better than they usually do because they will know they are being recorded. lt also means that you have no reason whatsoever to sign their notebook. Believe me, this is very good news for the cross-border shopper. You still have to prepare yourself before you go cross-border shopping but now you have the means to protect yourself .... UKBA/HMRC say so!
"Excise and Civil Interviews
Where practical, interviews should be conducted by a minimum of two officers and recorded in writing in an official notebook or on a ENF1227 Record of Interview form, or on tape (Interviews).
Note: Officers cannot stop someone if they choose to make a video or audio recording of the interview themselves using their own equipment such as a mobile phone, video camera etc."
This can be found on page 8 of this FOI
There is lots more in this FOI but the fact that you can openly record the UKBA/HMRC is a massive step forward that deserves a post of it's own. So if you are ever subjected to one of UKBA/HMRC's interviews ... RECORD it on your phone, video camera or whatever ... you have a RIGHT to do so!
h/t to SBC for this. He deserves all the laurels! Well done SBC.