Oral Answers to Questions — Control of Dogs Orders (Prosecutions)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th April 1954.

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Photo of Mr Peter Freeman Mr Peter Freeman , Newport (Monmouthshire/Gwent) 12:00 am, 8th April 1954

asked the Minister of Agriculture what prosecutions have been instituted under the Control of Dogs Order, 1920, and the Control of Dogs (Amendment) Order, 1920, in respect of dogs found in highways or places of public resort without collars bearing the name and address of the owner since the orders came into force; and what were the results of such prosecutions.

Photo of Mr Thomas Dugdale Mr Thomas Dugdale , Richmond (Yorks)

I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the two Orders of 1930. These Orders are enforced by local authorities, and I have no information as to the number of prosecutions instituted by them.

Photo of Mr Peter Freeman Mr Peter Freeman , Newport (Monmouthshire/Gwent)

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that of the half million dogs in this country fewer than 10 per cent. have their names and addresses on their collars? Can he say how he proposes to deal with the matter?

Photo of Mr Thomas Dugdale Mr Thomas Dugdale , Richmond (Yorks)

I do not think it is the duty of the Government to supervise local authorities in the enforcement of these provisions.