HC Deb 05 July 1956 vol 555 c1536
51. Mr. Speir

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many representations he has received regarding the desirability of amending Section 6 of the Finance Act, 1908, so as to impose upon county councils an obligation to send out postal reminders to dog owners of the impending expiration of dog licences; and why he has not taken action as a result of such representations.

Mr. H. Brooke

Very few, Sir. I think the issue of such reminders should remain within the discretion of the local authorities, who collect and spend the money.

Mr. Speir

Is it not a fact that benches of magistrates have criticised the procedure and a number of prosecutions have taken place which were quite unnecessary? Is it not a fact that reminders are sent about driving licences, television and wireless licences? Could not that be the common practice in regard to dog licences?

Mr. Brooke

I believe in giving local authorities a good measure of freedom. This matter is entirely their affair. Very small numbers of representations have reached the Treasury. Some are in favour of giving up the practice of sending reminders altogether on the grounds of expense.