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Recreation Grounds (Fouling By Dogs)

Volume 21: debated on Friday 2 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make his approval of proposed byelaws to control the fouling of recreation grounds by dogs conditional upon the local authority including a provision to require a person whose dog has fouled an area not specifically designated for that purpose to remove the excrement.

My right hon. Friend is not prepared to confirm byelaws to control the fouling of recreation grounds by dogs by any means other than their partial or total exclusion. Byelaws to prevent dogs from fouling or to require the removal of excrement might be considered unreasonable by the courts.