§ MR. SCHWANN (Manchester, N.)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he will give, following the information facilitated last year, the number of summonses in the year 1897 for offences under the Muzzling of Dogs Orders in England and Wales?
§ MR. COLLINGS
Perhaps I may be allowed to answer this. The information referred to as having been given last year was furnished by the Secretary of State for the Home Department, and I can now state the corresponding figures for 1897. In that year 31,357 pensons were prosecuted, of whom 26,519 were convicted for offences relating to dogs. In these figures, as in those given last year, other offences are included besides infringements of the Muzzling Orders.