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Port/Airport Security

Volume 407: debated on Monday 23 June 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on recent increases of security at ports and airports to counter illegal imports of meat. [121270]

Following a Cabinet Office Review, which reported in November 2002, into the organisation of controls on products of animal origin, fish, plants and forestry products, responsibility for anti-smuggling activities relating to illegal imports of meat arriving from third countries was transferred to Customs on 11 April.Customs will receive £4m of new Government investment in 2003–04 which will enable it to:

Establish four new flexibly deployed strike force teams that can be mobilised to respond quickly to identified threats anywhere in the UK.
Expand the detector dog programme from two to six.
Provide extra intelligence activity.
Provide publicity in ports and airports in the UK and overseas.

Customs' new role, together with the measures to be taken by other agencies, is described in the 'Government Action Plan 2003–2004 on Illegal Imports of Meat, Other Animal Products, Plants and Plant Products'

Number of deaths from intentional self harm


and injury undetermined whether accidentally or purposely inflicted


, by sex and age. England and Wales, 1997 to 2001







(a) Males

(i) 13–15

Intentional self harm34476
Injury undetermined whether accidentally or purposely inflicted1062125

(ii) 16–17

Intentional self harm1924192417
Injury undetermined whether accidentally or purposely inflicted1820201420

(iii) 18–21

Intentional self harm142126126117114

which was published on 17 June. The Plan is available on the Defra website: illegali.