§ Mr. John Marshall
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received about the removal of the dog licence.
§ Mr. Moynihan
Since the publication of the Local Government Bill on 26 June, I and the Department have received some 1,350 letters from hon. Members and others. In addition, the Department has received some 8,500 printed postcards or letters prepared by organisations concerned with dogs. Although the majority of representations support a national campaign to retain the licence, a significant minority are in favour of our proposal to abolish it.