To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2017 to Question 63331, on dogs: smuggling, what training Border Force staff receive on that work; and how many cases of dogs being brought into the UK illegally the Border Force has detected in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
9 March 2017
Core skills training provided to Border Force officers who exercise customs controls includes awareness training on the controls that govern the movement of live animals into the UK.
If Border Force detects dogs being brought into the UK illegally the case will be referred to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and local authorities who lead on enforcement activity. Border Force does not hold information on the number of detections of dogs brought into the UK illegally.