HC Deb 18 December 1947 vol 445 c391W
122. Earl Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that a large number of sheep have been killed and others maimed by dogs in Southern England in recent months; and if he will circularise benches of magistrates to call attention to the need for the imposition of adequate legal penalties upon persons who allow the dogs which they own to stray.

Mr. Ede

It is for the courts to determine what is an adequate penalty in the light of the circumstances of the individual case. It would not be right for me to attempt to interfere with the exercise of their judicial discretion but if the noble Lord will send me the information on which the first part of his Question is based, I will be glad to consider it.