HC Deb 23 November 1960 vol 630 cc105-6W
55. Mr. John Hall

asked the Minister of Transport if he will introduce legislation requiring dogs to be kept on the leash when being exercised in public streets.

Mr. Marples

There is already provision in Section 220 of the Road Traffic Act, 1960, empowering local authorities to make orders designating roads in their areas where dogs must be kept on a lead. These orders are subject to my confirmation. I have so far confirmed 162 such orders.

70. Mr. Gunter

asked the Minister of Transport how many dog control orders made by local authorities he has confirmed under Section 15 of the Road Traffic Act, 1956, and Section 220 of the Road Traffic Act, 1960; how many local authorities have submitted draft orders; how many of these have been supported by the police; and whether he is satisfied with the progress being made in making these orders.

Mr. Marples

I have confirmed 163 orders and have told 12 councils that I am prepared to confirm their orders when they are ready. Only one or two orders await decision. In almost all cases the police did not raise any objection. Draft orders are sent by local authorities to my local offices; I regret that in the time available it has not been possible to ascertain their number. It is for local authorities to decide on the need for orders, but there seems to me to be scope for many more.