§ Mr. Corbett
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prosecutions were made in 1984 and with what result for (a) keeping a dog without a licence, (b) taking possession of a dog before a licence had been issued and (c) giving or selling a dog to a person who had not produced a licence.
§ Dr. Boyson
I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Penrith and The Border (Mr. Maclean) on 15 April 1985, in columns 58 and 59.
A detailed breakdown of the types of prosecution is not available. The fixed penalty system is applied to most licensing offences and in their reports councils only identify specific cases where attacks on persons or livestock are concerned resulting in the destruction of the dog.