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Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dogs for the detection of (a) drugs, (b) foodstuffs and (c) other illegal imports are in use at (i) sea, (ii) air and (iii) rail points of entry to the UK. (266379)

The UK Border Agency currently has 48 dogs trained to detect drugs, six trained to detect meat and other animal products and 34 to detect other illegal imports. Some of these dogs are trained to detect more than one product.

Detector dogs are a flexible mobile resource, deployed on a risk-assessed, intelligence-led basis. They may be used at any port, airport or other point of entry into the UK.