Monday, 31 October 2011

'Dangerous Dogs' Debate:

Westminster Hall Session:

A thirty minute debate on the regulation of ‘dangerous dogs’ was held at Westminster Hall  on 19th October 2011, it was called by Geoffrey Robinson the Labour MP for Coventry North West.
Westminster Hall was opened for debates in 1999, the sessions are open to all members of parliament and are arranged to be constructive rather than confrontational. There are no votes on the issue.

To read through the 31 speeches on this debate and the response from government minister Richard Benyon (Defra) please click here.

To watch the live recording of the session, please click here.
This discussion included the topics of:

 * Extending dangerous dog criminal law to cover all places – private property (e.g., your home & garden) as well as public places which are presently covered under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (as amended).
 * Introducing the compulsory micro-chipping of dogs.
 * Consolidating all previous laws relating to dogs to produce one up-to-date piece of legislation.
 * Dog owners being able to apply to the court to add their dog to the Index of Exempted Dogs, the seizure of prohibited dog & costs.

The Government responded that they will make an announcement soon on reforming measures to deal with dangerous dogs.