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Animal Smuggling

Volume 892: debated on Tuesday 13 May 1975

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what instructions have been issued to Customs officers regarding the importance of detecting animals being smuggled into the United Kingdom.

Customs officers are well aware of the importance of this aspect of their work. Their instructions emphasise the need for constant vigilance in combating smuggling of all kinds, and attention is given in their training to the risk that smuggled animals could, if undetected, bring rabies into this country. A special leaflet on the dangers of rabies is to be issued to the staff concerned.