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Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each police force area in each year since 1997. (177208)

The information requested on prosecutions and convictions under the Dangerous Dogs Acts of 1989 and 1991 is provided in the following tables:

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Acts 1989 and 1991, by police force area, England and Wales 1997-20061,2

Proceeded against

Police force area

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Avon and Somerset

1

4

5

5

6

11

11

5

11

7

Bedfordshire

2

8

7

6

6

11

11

6

18

19

Cambridgeshire

5

5

13

12

12

15

15

13

19

22

Cheshire

10

11

18

18

18

9

25

15

7

14

City of London

2

Cleveland

9

18

12

10

10

16

12

10

10

12

Cumbria

3

19

9

18

13

12

16

18

17

24

Derbyshire

2

2

6

7

5

8

8

8

16

6

Devon and Cornwall

16

29

52

42

64

55

55

42

30

31

Dorset

11

8

6

8

22

16

11

9

5

8

Durham

6

16

17

20

8

12

18

15

17

18

Essex

22

27

35

26

21

40

35

13

40

31

Gloucestershire

3

4

4

3

6

10

10

9

8

8

Greater Manchester

22

40

51

44

37

52

65

53

56

60

Hampshire

34

40

36

46

40

45

34

47

42

41

Hertfordshire

1

5

11

9

6

12

16

21

22

Humberside

2

8

8

16

13

7

17

13

12

11

Kent

1

2

3

2

7

3

11

27

18

Lancashire

30

26

26

22

31

25

28

27

31

41

Leicestershire

9

13

19

10

15

20

20

24

39

20

Lincolnshire

2

12

8

12

8

11

15

14

16

23

Norfolk

3

5

1

7

1

6

2

8

6

3

Merseyside

12

12

20

16

24

13

17

25

18

18

Metropolitan Police

80

81

79

92

97

86

91

82

80

102

Norfolk

3

5

1

10

3

10

4

8

5

4

North Yorkshire

11

9

9

7

14

3

8

7

13

7

Northamptonshire

6

14

12

23

11

11

20

17

9

13

Northumbria

35

45

43

42

41

38

34

51

28

41

Nottinghamshire

6

21

16

8

7

17

12

15

25

16

South Yorkshire

19

24

17

21

34

32

24

28

36

43

Staffordshire

13

17

22

13

39

26

52

47

41

18

Suffolk

5

4

4

7

6

5

3

7

5

6

Surrey

4

8

9

15

9

11

14

7

7

14

Sussex

25

27

31

27

33

16

23

28

22

27

Thames Valley

15

16

16

28

17

28

24

34

36

58

Warwickshire

3

12

4

1

4

2

2

2

3

5

West Mercia

14

25

15

28

36

30

18

16

35

37

West Midlands

16

39

40

36

48

75

65

78

58

48

West Yorkshire

14

49

48

25

29

45

58

71

73

104

Wiltshire

5

12

14

6

11

8

20

10

13

14

Dyfed-Powys

15

15

31

15

14

10

12

21

10

16

Gwent

1

10

13

32

23

29

19

22

26

15

North Wales

1

7

10

18

12

12

19

22

18

22

South Wales

10

13

13

28

30

27

28

24

22

13

Total

504

764

802

836

886

922

988

990

1,025

1,077

Found guilty

Police force area

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Avon and Somerset

1

3

4

1

5

6

2

1

5

6

Bedfordshire

5

4

4

5

5

6

4

8

11

Cambridgeshire

3

8

9

6

7

10

8

12

15

Cheshire

6

6

12

15

10

5

16

11

2

8

City of London

Cleveland

2

6

7

5

8

12

7

7

10

10

Cumbria

1

12

6

6

8

8

11

13

12

18

Derbyshire

1

1

4

4

3

2

3

6

7

3

Devon and Cornwall

8

16

27

26

42

33

29

28

21

11

Dorset

6

2

4

6

18

8

7

7

4

7

Durham

5

6

7

6

7

8

11

10

8

11

Essex

5

15

15

8

8

19

18

6

27

18

Gloucestershire

2

3

2

2

5

3

4

6

4

4

Greater Manchester

13

26

38

33

26

35

48

33

40

45

Hampshire

20

20

21

23

26

24

16

23

16

21

Hertfordshire

1

2

1

7

6

7

4

11

11

Humberside

2

1

9

6

6

13

7

10

9

Kent

1

2

2

4

2

5

14

14

Lancashire

14

16

13

8

14

16

16

11

18

28

Leicestershire

8

7

10

3

7

13

10

13

28

14

Lincolnshire

1

4

5

9

3

6

6

11

8

13

Merseyside

5

7

11

11

17

9

5

14

12

8

Metropolitan Police

42

42

41

42

51

52

47

48

47

57

Norfolk

3

5

1

7

1

6

2

8

6

3

North Yorkshire

4

4

4

6

9

3

4

5

8

4

Northamptonshire

1

8

5

16

6

7

13

16

6

9

Northumbria

10

21

28

27

25

22

17

22

21

24

Nottinghamshire

6

12

11

6

4

10

10

7

13

8

South Yorkshire

8

18

7

10

22

13

10

18

24

28

Staffordshire

6

11

10

13

19

8

18

25

25

15

Suffolk

2

2

3

4

5

1

2

6

3

5

Surrey

3

3

6

8

6

7

5

4

4

9

Sussex

12

12

15

13

16

4

10

17

15

17

Thames Valley

7

10

8

12

4

12

9

15

25

21

Warwickshire

2

11

1

1

3

2

2

3

4

West Mercia

4

8

10

12

26

21

12

14

20

26

West Midlands

10

17

17

17

25

45

31

45

28

39

West Yorkshire

6

29

31

16

14

22

33

43

45

63

Wiltshire

3

8

6

3

6

7

13

9

6

9

Dyfed-Powys

5

8

18

6

7

7

10

9

4

9

Gwent

6

4

14

14

17

9

16

18

10

North Wales

5

6

12

9

7

12

17

13

15

South Wales

4

7

8

17

20

17

15

8

14

8

Total

241

406

442

459

522

517

531

582

625

668

1 Data provided on the principal offence basis.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by police forces As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source:

Court Proceedings Database—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice Our ref: IOS019-08

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what responses he has received from chief constables on his 2007 review of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991; and if he will publish them. (177209)

32 responses from police forces in England and Wales were received in response to our request for information on dangerous dogs legislation. It is clear that among police, there is no overwhelming support for major changes to existing law, but it is also clear from the consultation that the existing law needs to be enforced more rigorously. I will place a summary of the consultation responses in the House Libraries.

To assist the police, local authorities and the general public we are giving priority to revising the guidance that DEFRA has issued about the law on dangerous and unruly dogs. Officials are working with stakeholders from a range of backgrounds to prepare new guidance and I anticipate that it will be ready for publication in the spring of 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate he has made of the number of illegal dogs under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in the UK in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement; (177715)

(2) what estimate he has made of the number of illegal dogs under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 that entered the UK in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

No estimate has been made of the number of illegally held dogs in this country, including those imported to this country from overseas.