§ 15. Mr. Mathers
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has given consideration to the representations made to him by the National Farmers Union of Scotland regarding the disturbance of sheep by dogs; and whether he has any statement to make?
§ The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. T. Johnston)
The proposals made by the National Farmers Union on the subject, which include a recommendation in favour of doubling the Licence Duty on dogs, concern all dog owners and affect other interests as well as agriculture. I am bringing the representations in question to the notice of the Ministers concerned.
§ Mr. Mathers
Is my right hon. Friend trying to strengthen the obligation that rests upon dog owners to keep their dogs under control, and to bring to them the realisation that other animals have their rights as well?
§ Mr. Johnston
Yes, Sir. That matter has, of course, been very seriously under examination by all the interests concerned, particularly during the lambing season.