On 9 April Defra published draft legislation (PDF 766 KB) aimed at tackling dangerous dogs. The Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee will conduct pre-legislative scrutiny of these proposals and invites interested parties to submit written evidence on the draft clauses and related dog control issues.
The Committee published its Dog Control and Welfare report in February 2013 making recommendations on Defra’s 2012 consultation on promoting more responsible dog ownership. The draft clauses published this week take forward those measures upon which the Government is now proposing to legislate.
The EFRA Committee would welcome views on the following issues:
- Do Defra’s draft clauses translate the Government’s intentions on dog control into clear, proportionate, and effective legislation?
- Do the proposed measures provide a sufficient legislative base to tackle irresponsible dog ownership?
- If not, which additional measures should be brought into law?
- Are any of the proposed measures unnecessary or counterproductive?
The Committee will focus in this short inquiry on the legislative mechanisms required to tackle dog control. It will take into account the evidence submitted to its previous, wider Dog Control and Welfare inquiry so it is not necessary to resubmit full evidence covering these points. However, interested parties may wish to update any previously submitted evidence in light of the proposed legislation and the Committee’s February report.
Interested parties who wish to submit written evidence on these and related matters are invited to do so by Monday 22 April 2013.