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THE Government should reconsider its decision to reject the concept of Dog Control Notices and legislate to provide law enforcers with tailored powers to tackle aggressive dogs before they injure people and other animals.
So says the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee (EFRACom) following its prelegislative scrutiny of Defra's draft Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Bill, which was published in April (VR, April 13, 2013, vol 172, p 381).
In a report published on May 16, the EFRACom notes that provisions to amend the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 were published by the Government on May 9 in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill (VR, May 18, 2013, vol 172, p 514). It says that it is disappointed that the Government published this Bill without waiting for the committee to publish its comments ‘only a matter of days later’. It reports that, when asking the committee to conduct scrutiny of the draft Bill, Defra had requested a response within eight [parliamentary] sitting days, a deadline that ‘was an impossible one to meet’ and which did not provide adequate time for prelegislative scrutiny. ‘We are reporting …
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