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African Yellow Scorpion

Volume 929: debated on Thursday 7 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in the light of his reply to the hon. Member for Ealing, Acton on 21st March, Written Answer No. 124, he will confirm that the African yellow scorpion falls within the definition of an animal contained in the Pet Animals Act of 1951.

Only the courts have authority to decide whether the African yellow scorpion falls within the definition of an animal contained in that Act. The powers that the Act confers on local authorities, however, are wider in a number of respects than any limitation that may apply to that definition and, as I have already indicated, there is no evidence that they are inadequate.