HC Deb 23 May 1978 vol 950 c551W
Mr. Edward Gardner

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what instructions are now being given Her Majesty's Customs to meet the danger of an outbreak of rabies from domestic animals carried in small foreign boats entering United Kingdom coastal waters and ports.

Mr. Robert Sheldon

There has been no recent change in the instructions issued to Customs staff regarding the treatment of livestock on vessels arriving from abroad. Masters or owners are required to declare the presence of animals, and in such cases Customs notifies the local authorities and, where appropriate, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, so that the appropriate precautions may be taken to prevent illegal landing of animals or failure to confine them properly aboard vessels.