HC Deb 02 April 1985 vol 76 c566W
Mr. Galley

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines are issued to the police relating to policy on prosecuting subsequent to attacks by dogs.

Mr. Giles Shaw

General guidance on criteria for prosecution is to be found in the Attorney-General's memorandum on criteria for prosecution, issued under Home Office Circular 26/1983, a copy of which is in the Library of the House. No specific guidance has been issued centrally on prosecution policy in relation to attacks by dogs.

Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will, after consultation with the British Veterinary Association, take urgent action to ban both the importation into the United Kingdom of Chinese Sharpei dogs, and breeding from those already here, until an effective screening process can be put into effect to prevent the importation and breeding of Sharpeis with inheritable entropion.

Mr. Mellor

No. We have no power to prohibit the import or breeding of these animals.