HC Deb 30 June 1919 vol 117 cc635-6W
Colonel WESTON

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the fact that there are thirty known cases of illegal landing of dogs by soldiers and sailors since 1st June, 1918, and also the official statement that sixty-four dogs had been illegally imported, he will state what steps, apart from the mere notification to troops and women on service that smuggling of dogs is prohibited, are taken by the military authorities at the ports of embarkation abroad and debarkation at home to ensure that dogs are not smuggled into this country; and if he will institute an inquiry as to how the above-mentioned sixty-four dogs were illegally imported into this country?


Very definite and clear instructions have been issued to all Embarkation Commandants and Officers in Charge of Ports in the United Kingdom, to the Commander-in-Chief in France, to all other theatres of war, and to all foreign stations, to ensure that all possible steps are taken to guard against the possibility of dogs being smuggled into the country. All eases which have been brought to light of non-compliance with the Regulations have been suitably dealt with and the necessary disciplinary action taken.