HC Deb 20 June 1972 vol 839 cc227-8
15. Mr. Love ridge

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will ensure that the number of officials responsible for administering the quarantine regulations in connection with rabies is regularly reviewed to ensure that these regulations can be efficiently enforced.

Mr. Peter Mills

Yes, in so far as it is within my right hon. Friend's power to do so, given that enforcement of these regulations falls mainly to local authorities and Her Majesty's Customs and Excise.

Mr. Loveridge

I congratulate those who do the job of keeping us safe from rabies. I ask my hon. Friend to do his best to ensure the completion of the putting into effect of the recommendations of the committee of inquiry into rabies. Will he take further steps to ensure that the public are alerted to the dangers, so as to discourage the folly of smuggling pets?

Mr. Mills

Yes, I am aware of this problem. There is a growing problem with contact with the Continent. We are studying the proposals that have been made by the committee of inquiry on rabies. My staff are already liaising fully with, and will advise, the local authorities and Her Majesty's Customs responsible for enforcement.

Mr. Moyle

Will these regulations continue to apply if we join the Common Market?

Mr. Mills

Yes, indeed.