HC Deb 23 January 2002 vol 378 c931W
Mr. Randall

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to help local authorities to control illegal meat imports at airports(a) in the UK and (b) at Heathrow airport. [28532]

Mr. Morley

Under the relevant UK legislation which implements European rules, local authorities are responsible for checks on imports of animal products. DEFRA already provides detailed guidance and advice to them on discharging their functions at Borders Inspection Posts. We have taken steps to improve co-ordination and ensure that enforcement authorities obtain information to help target resources effectively. We have also improved publicity to bring to the attention of travellers the rules on what can be legally imported. We are examining the enforcement powers available to local authorities to ensure that they are adequate.

We maintain close liaison with local authorities, including at Heathrow, and will continue to keep all measures under review.