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Black Economy: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL2900, tabled on 24 March 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent the emergence of a black market in food, medicines, pharmaceuticals and other essential supplies as a result of any shortage in such supplies due to COVID-19.

Answered on

7 April 2020

Border Force, the National Crime Agency, the Intellectual Property Office, Trading Standards, and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency work together to ensure effective controls are in place to prevent counterfeit goods from entering the supply chain, and to ensure the legitimate market for medicines and other essential products is protected.

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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy