§ Mr. Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what income was received from dog licences in Scotland in 1984–85; what was the cost of collection in that year; how many licences were issued; and if he has considered the introduction of a replacement scheme of licensing designed to recover the administrative costs.
§ Mr. Ancram
Final figures for 1984–85 are not yet available. The estimated income received from dog licences in Scotland was £65,625 and the cost of collection was £249,550. This is based on an estimate of 175,000 licences.
The Government are considering the responses to their consultation paper on the future arrangeements for dog licensing in Great Britain. The result of this consideration will be announced as soon as possible.