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Dogs

Volume 406: debated on Monday 9 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice his Department has given to police forces on dealing with stray dogs. [116842]

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Environmental Protection Agency and (b) Ministers in the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on dealing with stray dogs. [116844]

The Police Bureaucracy Taskforce's report, which was published on 17 September 2002, recommended that responsibility for dealing with stray dogs should be transferred, in full, to local authorities. The Home Office is continuing to discuss with relevant stakeholders how this recommendation should be taken forward within local government.