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Dangerous Dogs

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether there has been a review of the Dangerous Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 since the legislation was implemented; and whether there are plans to review (a) the legislation and (b) enforcement of it. (86576)

The Dangerous Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 has not been formally reviewed. However, on 19 May 2006 the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development wrote to all district councils seeking their views on the operation of the legislation with particular emphasis on any difficulties preventing effective enforcement.

The Department is currently considering the responses from councils and will meet in the near future with council representatives and other interested organisations to discuss the issues raised.