HC Deb 25 November 2002 vol 395 c44W
Mr. Lidington

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to change the law in respect of the powers available to enforcement agencies responsible for port control on the import of animal and vegetable products. [80467]

Margaret Beckett

The powers for enforcement officers to search baggage were extended in May 2002.

We are now reviewing powers further in the light of my announcement on 6 November, that responsibility for detecting illegal imports of animals, fish, plants and the products, and foodstuffs (including meat) would be transferred to Her Majesty's customs and excise as soon as practicable.

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