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Illegal Meat Imports

Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on responsibility for security at ports and airports to counter illegal imports of meat. [121271]

[holding answer 23 June 2003]: Following the recommendations of the Cabinet Office Review of enforcement structures which reported in November 2002, responsibility for anti-smuggling activities was transferred to HM Customs and Excise on 11 April. Defra retains responsibility for policy on illegal imports of meat and animal products.