§ Mr. Lawrence
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will take steps to deal with the growing problem of stray dogs.
§ Mr. Fox
Yes. Local authorities have adequate powers to prohibit the fouling of footways and to regulate the access of dogs to parks. They can also make orders requiring dogs to be kept on leads on designated roads; and, in England and Wales, they can use general powers to spend money on operating dog warden services in co-operation with the police who are responsible for dealing with strays.