Revenue and Customs: Dogs

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Lord Marlesford Lord Marlesford Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many dogs trained to detect imports of bush meat are currently in service with HM Revenue and Customs.

Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Security and Counter-terrorism), Home Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Security and Counter-terrorism)

Products of animal origin (POAO) detector dogs were introduced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in 2002. Responsibility for POAO dogs was subsequently transferred to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in 2003. POAO dogs are not trained specifically to detect bush meat, but will identify products of animal origin in general. There are currently nine POAO dogs in service at ports and airports throughout Great Britain.

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