Friday, 21 October 2011

Dog Control Bill 2010-2011

The Dog Control Bill 2010 - 2011 was tabled as a Private Members' Bill in 2010 and is sponsored by Lord Redesdale.

The Bill started in the House of Lords, if it became law (an Act) it would apply to England and Wales.

To date the Bill has progressed through the House of Lords as follows:

First reading - took place on 26th May 2010
Second reading - took place on 9th July 2010
Committee stage - 4th March 2011
Report stage - a line by line examination of the Bill was heard on 10th June 2011
Third reading - is scheduled for 26th October 2011

A copy of this Bill, as amended at Report stage on 13th June 2011 is available to read online here.

Once all stages are completed in the House of Lords, an MP would need to adopt the Bill and it may continue into the House of Commons on the next stage of its journey.

Lords Private Members' Bills don't have priority over Bills introduced in the Commons, a Bill can run out of time  as there are strict restrictions on the amount of parliamentary time allocated to Private Members' Bills during each session.

As the Bill currently stands, it would repeal and replace the following legislation:
the Dogs Act 1871, the Dangerous Dogs Act 1989, the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and the Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Act 1997.