§ Mr. Cartwright
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what consideration his Department has given to the problems caused by stray dogs in urban areas; and what resulting action is now proposed;
(2) what general powers are available to local authorities to deal with health and other nuisances caused by stray dogs in urban areas.
§ Mr. Denis Howell
General responsibility for dealing with stray dogs rests currently with the police. Local authorities have power to make byelaws to deal with the fouling of footways by dogs, and to control dogs in parks, recreation grounds and open spaces.
I set up in July 1974 an interdepartmental working party on dogs, which has now reported to me. The report deals with the points that my hon. Friend raises. I shall consider its recommendations with care, bearing in mind the widespread public concern about these matters.