Friday, 19 April 2013

EFRA Committee Update

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Select Committee Announcement - 18 April 2013


On 9 April Defra published draft legislation aimed at tackling dangerous dogs. The Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee will hear oral evidence as part of its pre-legislative scrutiny of these proposals on Wednesday 24 April from 3 pm.

The witnesses will be:
At 3.00 pm:

 •Gareth Pritchard, Temporary Deputy Chief Constable and

•PC Keith Evans, Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)

•Richard Leaman, Chief Executive, Guide Dogs Association

At 3.45 pm:

 •Clarissa Baldwin, CEO, Dogs Trust

•Claire Horton, Chief Executive, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

•Steve Goody, Director of External Affairs, Blue Cross


The meeting will take place in committee room 15 at the Palace of Westminster.
Further information on the inquiry is available on the Committee’s website.



The Government’ proposed legislation Draft Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Bill, Cm 8601,  is at

The Committee’s report published in February 2013, Dog Control and Welfare, HC 575 is at and the Government’s response is at

Defra’s consultation document Promoting more responsible dog ownership is at

Committee Membership is as follows:  Miss Anne McIntosh (Chair), Thomas Docherty, Richard Drax, George Eustice, Barry Gardiner, Mrs Mary Glindon, Ian McKenzie, Sheryll Murray, Margaret Ritchie, Neil Parish, Dan Rogerson

Specific Committee Information: 020 7219 6194/ 020 7219 3262

Committee Contact: Sarah Coe 020 7219 2290  Twitter @CommonsEFRA

Media Information: Hannah Pearce 020 7219 8430

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