§ Mr. Alex Carlile
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps he is taking to prevent further attacks in the light of recent attacks by rottweiler dogs on children; and if he will make a statement;
(2) whether he has any proposals to restrict the domestic ownership of rottweiler dogs; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. George Howarth
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if, in the light of recent incidents involving rottweiler dogs, he will seek powers to introduce a total ban on such breeds of animal.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
I have been asked to reply.
The law concerning attacks by dogs was strengthened only last year by the Dangerous Dogs Act 1989. We are studying recent incidents closely and will consider whether the law would benefit from further revision.