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Pets: Retail Trade

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authorities provide evidence to his Department on the enforcement of the Pet Animals Act 1951 Model Standards for Pet Shop Licence Conditions; and what mechanisms his Department uses to verify compliance with those conditions by (a) local authorities and (b) pet shop owners. (300310)

Local authorities are required to enforce the Pet Animals Act 1951 (as amended, 1983). However, local authorities are not bound to use the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health’s Model Standards as guidance. If anyone considers that a particular authority is not enforcing the 1951 Act or is not applying appropriate standards they can report it to the local government ombudsman.