Parliament Talks Dog Control

'Parliament Talks Dog Control' was the second in a series of free events and promotional activities highlighting Parliament's role in debating and challenging Government policy

On 23 April 2012, the Government announced a package of measures to tackle irresponsible dog ownership in a Written Ministerial Statement.

Parliament invited the public to attend free events in Liverpool on Monday 30 April and in Salisbury on Friday 4 May, hosted by the Outreach Service.

These events looked at a number of issues surrounding dog control, including those in the Government announcement, such as compulsory microchipping and extending dangerous dog laws to cover private property. 

'Parliament Talks Dog Control' in Liverpool

'Parliament Talks Dog Control' in Liverpool took place from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Monday 30 April at The Quaker Meeting House and focused on dog control issues in urban areas, including:

  • dangerous dogs
  • kennelling
  • status dogs
  • irresponsible dog breeding, and
  • dog ownership.

Speakers included:

  • Luciana Berger - MP for Liverpool Wavertree
  • Angela Smith - MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge
  • Gavin Grant - CEO of the RSPCA
  • Iris Thompson - the National Dog Wardens Association

with extra panellists:

  • Claire Horton – CEO of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
  • Harvey Locke – former President of the British Veterinary Association

BBC journalist Roger Bryson was the compere for the event. 

'Parliament Talks Dog Control' in Salisbury

'Parliament Talks Dog Control' in Salisbury took place from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Friday 4 May at the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, Salisbury and focused on dog control issues in rural areas, such as: 

  • microchipping
  • stray dogs, and 
  • irresponsible dog ownership in general.

Speakers included:

'Parliament Talks Dog Control' on the web


Excellent event frm @UKParliament Representations from @RSPCA_official & @BDCH Chief Execs & @angelasmithmp

— Luciana Berger (@lucianaberger) April 30, 2012

Excellent debate today at Liverpool parliamentary outreach event; consensus clear that govt plans for dog control inadequate #dogs

— angela smith mp (@angelasmithmp) April 30, 2012

Gr8 event @UKParlOutreach @lucianaberger thank u 4 supporting my point about attacks on @guidedogs

— Retired Faith (@RetiredFaith) April 30, 2012

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Related information

Dog Control and Welfare Inquiry

The House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee has launched an inquiry into dog control and welfare.

The inquiry will look at the measures for tackling irresponsible dog ownership announced for consultation by Defra on 23 April 2012 and the response by
the Government and dog breeders to Professor Bateson’s Independent Inquiry into Dog Breeding.

Information Pack

An information pack created as part of the 'Parliament Talks...Dog Control' events in April and May 2012 is available in electronic format. It contains details of the relevant bodies within Parliament, examples of recent scrutiny and details of how the public can get involved with the work of Parliament on dog control policy.

To request a copy please e-mail

Topical information

Read some of the current parliamentary research material available on animal welfare issues, including select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

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