§ Mr. Roger King
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many authorities have authorised 282W voluntary agencies to issue dog licences under section 134 of the Post Office Act 1969; what steps he has taken to encourage local authorities to do so; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
Local authorities are responsible, under section 134 of the Post Office Act 1969, for the issue of dog licences. I am not aware that any authority has chosen to employ a voluntary agency as its agent for this purpose. I see no need to seek to influence local authorities' judgment in this matter.