HC Deb 24 January 2002 vol 378 c1029W
Paul Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the cost of installing(a) detectors and (b) staff to eliminate the illegal import of meat into the United Kingdom. [28114]

Mr. Morley

[holding answer 17 January 2002]: We are considering a number of initiatives aimed at improving our ability to prevent and detect illegal imports of meat into the UK. No decisions have been taken to install new X-ray machines, although this is one of the options we are examining. We are also looking at improved intelligence to better target enforcement activity. Detailed costings will depend on what measures are decided, how they are to be targeted and what use can be made of existing resources.

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