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Illegal Meat Imports

Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her Department's progress in preventing illegal meat from entering the United Kingdom. [129494]

199119921993199419951996
UK imports1
Unprocessed liquid milk2186114
Processed liquid milk3376754688965
Butter103129110121114114
Cheese192232189212210239
Cream332346
Condensed milk101310131210
Milk powder (full cream)3567810
Skimmed milk powder82613121413

Progress against the Government's Action Plan on illegal imports in the financial year 2002–03 is reported in the Annual Review of Controls on Imports of Animal Products. Copies have been placed in the House Libraries.The 2003–04 Action Plan is appended to the Review, and we are working with HM Customs and other responsible parties to implement it. Progress will be reported in the next Annual Review to be published after the end of this financial year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many spot checks have been carried out on illegal meat imports at each designated port of entry into the UK since December 2002. [129498]

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South (Mr. Hancock) on 8 September 2003, Official Report, column 99W. Customs carry out their anti-smuggling controls on the basis of risk assessment and intelligence.