HC Deb 12 October 1976 vol 917 c85W
Mr. Adley

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will now seek to amend the law in order to give magistrates power to imprison people who contravene the animal quarantine regulations, following his discussions with chief police officers about increasing penalties.

Mr. John

No. There is already available, for a second or subsequent offence under the Diseases of Animals Act 1950, as amended, one month's imprisonment on summary conviction. A person charged with knowingly contravening the terms of the Rabies (Dogs, Cats and other Mammals) Importation Order 1974 may be tried on indictment when the maximum penalty to which he is liable is an unlimited fine or 12 months' imprisonment, or both.

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