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Dog Licences

Volume 722: debated on Tuesday 21 December 1965

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many persons were proceeded against last year for not having a dog licence; how many unlicensed dogs there are in the country; what is the annual cost of collection of dog licence fees and of the other activities necessary to police the dog licence system; and what is the gross annual profit made by the system expressed in cash and as a percentage of turnover.

In 1964, there were 4,173 prosecutions. I do not know how many unlicensed dogs there are. Costs of collection and administration are not available for England and Wales; in Scotland they are estimated at about 25 per cent. to 30 per cent. of receipts. Receipts from dog licences in the financial year 1964–65 were £997,361 in England and Wales and £76,572 in Scotland.