It is a pleasure to present this petition on behalf of the pupils and staff of Our Lady of Hartley primary school, an excellent school in my constituency. The children there held a first-class debate on the subject and collected signatures at the school gates. The children have asked me to present this petition to the House.
The petition states:
The Petition of pupils and teachers at Our Lady of Hartley Primary School,
Declares that it is sensible to have all dogs micro-chipped as puppies; further that the Petitioners believe that this will reduce the amount of lost or abandoned dogs and will also help to ensure that the owners of dangerous dogs can be held to account as the Petitioners believe it is the owners, not the dogs, who are at fault; further that the Petitioners do not wish for micro-chipping to be made compulsory but wish it to be strongly encouraged and made accessible for all in terms of cost.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to consider measures to encourage dog owners to have their dogs micro-chipped and that the Government seek to reduce the cost of micro-chipping puppies.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.