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‘THE Government does not consider consolidation of dog legislation to confer any great benefit to the public or those involved in dog control.’
This comment forms part of the Government's response to the recommendations made by the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRACom) in a report of an inquiry into dog control and welfare. In its report, which was published in February, the committee of MPs described the Government's proposals on dog control as ‘woefully inadequate’ and recommended a more comprehensive, preventative approach (VR, February 23, 2013, vol 172, p 195).
The Government's response to the EFRACom's report was published on April 17; in it, the Government says that it has carefully considered the issues raised by the committee, and that it agrees with some of the recommendations made. It also says that, in developing future policies in this area, it will take full account of the report's conclusions.
However, in response to an EFRACom recommendation that Defra should undertake a comprehensive consolidation of the legislation relating to dangerous dogs, in order to provide a …