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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 21st July 2020.

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Photo of Rachel Reeves Rachel Reeves Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to The Border with the European Union: Importing and Exporting Goods, published 13 July 2020, what estimate he has made of the staffing levels required for the increased checks on animals and food referenced in that policy paper.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The new funding of £705 million announced on 9 July includes funds for recruitment of specialist staff including vets and plant health inspectors. We are working with the Food Standards Agency and our delivery bodies, including the Animal & Plant Health Agency and Port Health Authorities, to develop resourcing plans for the required expansion of controls. We are already expanding the capacity of some of these delivery bodies and as the details of the new regime are finalised, we will continue to work with them to ensure recruitment of the required number of additional staff.

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