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GOVERNMENT REJECTS CALL FOR MORE RESOURCES FOR COUNCILS TO TACKLE ILLEGAL IMPORTS

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Local authorities will need more resourses to enforce the government ...
Local authorities will need more resourses to enforce the government

crack-down on people bringing back food from trips outside the European

Union, BBC Radio Four's Today programme heard this morning.

John Averns, port health director for the London Port Health Authority

said: 'At the moment it's down to individual local authorities and local

port health authorities to fund individual checks for illegal imports. We

need assistance from government to ensure we have sufficient people on the

ground and also facilities at the airports to check out these goods'.

But agriculture minister Lord Whitty told the programme it was a question of

priorities rather than manpower. 'The majority of people are local authority

employed', he said. 'What we'e been doing over the last few months is try to

pull together all the agencies involved so that we prioritise this area'.

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