Horses: Trespass

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 31st March 2017.

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Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times in each county or local government area in England and Wales a freeholder or lawful occupier of private land has detained a horse under section 7B of the Animals Act 1971 since that Act came into force.

Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times each local authority in England and Wales has used its powers to detain a horse under section 7A of the Animals Act 1971 since that Act came into force; and when each such use of those powers took place.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government does not hold records on the frequency of use of the powers available under the Animals Act 1971, as amended by the Control of Horses Act 2015 to make it easier to detain and manage unlawfully placed horses on land in England. Nevertheless, local authorities, land owner representatives and animal welfare organisations welcomed the new measures introduced in 2015.

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