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Food Imports

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the volume of food imports into the United Kingdom from member states of the European Union. [113356]

The following table shows the volume of food from member states of the European Union, imports into the United Kingdom 2000–02.

Thousand tonnes
Vegetables and fruit4,4385,5335,749
Cereals and cereal preparations2,5032,9733,151
Feeding stuff for animals (excl. unmilled
Meat and meat preparations1,1501,1761,270
Dairy products and birds' eggs762791779
Sugars, sugar preparations and honey612806664
Fixed vegetable fats and oils678622556
Miscellaneous edible products619552611
Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits328541337
Coffee, tea, cocoa, spices etc.275283309
Fish and fish preparations134148154
Animal and vegetable fats and oils125132122
Animal oils and fats102102103
EU total14,99917,20717,398


2002 data are provisional and subject to amendment


HM Customs & Excise

Data prepared by Statistics (Commodities and Food) Accounts and Trade, ESD, DEFRA

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department has allocated to tackling illegal food imports in (a) 2000–01, (b) 2001–02, (c) 2002–03, (d) 2003–04, (e) 2004–05 and (f) 2005–06, broken down by category of activity. [112560]

[holding answer 13 May 2003]: In 2000–01 and 2001–02, illegal imports work was dealt with within the resources allocated to import controls on products of animal origin generally. Approximately £3 million was spent in 2002–03. A total programme budget of £25 million has been set aside for the years 2003–04, 2004–05 and 2005–06. £6 million of this will be spent this financial year, of which £4 million has been allocated to HM Customs to fund enforcement activity and publicity at the borders, and £1.5 million has been allocated to the Food Standards Agency to lead work on a step change to improve co-ordination and cooperation across legal import routes. The remainder has been allocated to Defra to implement other aspects of the action plan, including further publicity. No decisions have yet been made on allocations for 2004–05 and 2005–06.