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Dangerous Dogs

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Neil Parish Neil Parish Conservative, Tiverton and Honiton

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to respond to her Department's consultation on (a) proposals for compulsory microchipping and (b) other proposals in its consultation on dangerous dogs.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We will shortly announce measures to tackle them and make our streets safer.

Responses to the proposals in the DEFRA dangerous dogs consultation, held last year, were strongly divided with primary concerns being whether the bans on specific dog breeds were the best approach to reduce dog attacks, and how to deal promptly and effectively with those that allow their dogs to be a nuisance to others.

There has not been a public consultation on compulsory microchipping.

DEFRA is working closely with the Home Office on the antisocial behaviour dimension to the dangerous dogs issue. The Home Office have run a public consultation on proposals to replace and streamline the measures to tackle antisocial behaviour. The new, flexible, tools proposed would replace 18 formal powers currently in use, including those applicable to dogs. The consultation ended on 17 May and the responses are now being analysed.

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