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Smuggling: Animal Products

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been allocated to tackle illegal imports of products of animal origin in each of the last five years. (185625)

I have been asked to reply.

The Government have significantly increased the amount of money available to tackle illegal imports of Products of Animal Origin (POAO), plants and Plant Based Goods (PBG).

An extra £26 million was spent over the three years 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06. This money was split between DEFRA, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) as shown as follows:

£ million

HMRC1

FSA2

DEFRA3

2003-04

4

1.5

0.5

2004-05

7

2

1

2005-06

7

2

1

1 Enforcement and publicity

2 Step change project with local/port health authorities

3 Publicity and risk assessment

From 2006-07 HMRC has continued to fund its enforcement activities in line with public service agreement target commitments. Funding continues to be available for DEFRA to examine the risks and help increase public awareness (£500,000 in 2006-07 and £590,590 in 2007-08), and for the FSA for work on inland controls.