HC Deb 10 June 2002 vol 386 cc925-6W
Mr. Burney

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers enforcement officers have been given to stop suspected illegal meat importers. [53704]

Mr. Morley

We amended legislation on May 2001 to make it easier for local authorities to take action where meat, which could have been imported illegally, is found. With effect from 22 May 2002, enforcement officers' search powers have been extended to include all commercial consignments and personal baggage.

This is one of many measures set out in the action plan published on the 28 March to tackle the problem of illegal imports. The action plan is available in the House Libraries.

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