HC Deb 31 May 1945 vol 411 c388W
Sir J. Lucas

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will circularise magistrates, pointing out that confinement to a recognised quarantine kennel might be an alternative to an order for destruction, which carries a penalty of £1 per day for delay, involving in some cases continuing fines out of all proportion to the offence.

Sir D. Somervell

Under the existing law magistrates have power to deal with a dangerous dog either by making an order for it to be kept by the owner under proper control or by making an order for it to be destroyed. The suggestion made by my hon. and gallant Friend is, in effect, that a third course should be available to the Courts. This would require legislation, and I am not satisfied that such legislation is necessary.