HC Deb 06 May 1976 vol 910 cc454-6W
Mr. Adley

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the maximum penalty for breaking the current animal quarantine regulations.

Mr. Strang

For deliberate offences under the rabies legislation, the maximum penalty for conviction on indictment is an unlimited fine or one year's imprisonment, or both. The maximum penalty on summary conviction is a fine of £400.

Mr. Adley

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list those countries other than Great Britain which have quarantine regulations applicable to animals for which regulations exist in Great Britain; what are the maximum penalties for contravening the regulations in these countries; and how many known offences were committed in each country for the latest year for which figures are available.

Mr. Strang

The other parts of the British Isles have quarantine regulations covering the species listed in Schedule 1 to the Rabies (Importation of Dogs, Cats and other Mammals) Order 1974, but the Isle of Man prohibits the landing of animals other than from within the British Isles. Maximum penalties are the same throughout the British Isles, except that the penalties in the Irish Republic are a fine of up to £100 for the first offence and up to one month's imprisonment for subsequent offences. Several other countries, mostly non-European, have rabies quarantine requirements for certain imported animals, but information is not available concerning penalties for contravention and offences.

Mr. Adley

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the places where animal quarantine offences were committed in 1975, stating the total number of alleged offences for each area, and the number of convictions.

Mr. Strang

Contraventions of the Rabies (Importation of Dogs, Cats and other Mammals) Order 1974 occurred at the following places in Great Britain during 1975:

  • Bembridge (IOW)
  • Boston
  • Dover
  • Edinburgh
  • Falmouth
  • Felixstowe
  • Folkestone
  • Gatwick
  • Glasgow
  • Goole
  • Harwich
  • Heathrow
  • Holyhead
  • Hull
  • Immingham
  • Ipswich

Area Contraventions Convictions
Bedfordshire 3 3
Cornwall 1
Corporation of London 103* 2†
Devon 3 2
Dorset 2 1
Durham 1 1
Dyfed 1
Essex 7 1
East Sussex 9 2
Greater Manchester 2
Gwynedd 1
Hampshire 8 2
Humberside 11 9‡
Kent 36 13
Lincolnshire 2 1
Merseyside 1
Scilly Isles 1 1
Suffolk 9
Tyneside 2
West Midlands
West Sussex 11 2
Wiltshire 1
Yorkshire 1
Total England and Wales Scotland 216 46
Scotland 6 1
Total 222 47
* All at Heathrow.
† For offences in Kent.
‡ 3 for one case.
§ One for an offence in Gwynedd.
¶ For an offence in Kent.

Most offences were of a technical nature, which the enforcing authorities considered unsuitable for prosecution. So far as I am aware, all prosecutions taken led to convictions.

  • Kirkcaldy
  • Liverpool
  • Lowestoft
  • Luton
  • Lyneham
  • Manchester
  • Milford Haven
  • Newcastle
  • Newhaven
  • Parkeston
  • Penryn
  • Poole
  • Plymouth
  • Pegwell Bay
  • Portsmouth
  • Prestwick
  • Ramsgate
  • Rye
  • Scarborough
  • Seaham
  • Shoreham
  • St. Mary's,
  • Scilly Isles.
  • Southampton
  • Tilbury
  • West Mersea
  • Whitstable

The numbers of contraventions—i.e., illegal landings and failures to confine animals on board ship—and convictions, by areas, are as follows:

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