§ Dame Janet Fookes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pit bull terriers have been registered in accordance with the provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991; how many have been destroyed by their owners in preference to being registered; and how many he estimates remain unregistered.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
More than 8,000 notifications have been made in respect of all specially controlled dogs, including pit bull terriers. Some 400 claims for compensation have been made by owners who have had their dogs destroyed. Other owners have chosen to have their dogs destroyed but have not claimed compensation. By 11 February 3,200 certificates of exemption had been issued and some 1,100 applications are being processed.
The "Index of Exempted Dogs" is writing again to the remaining owners who have not yet obtained a certificate of exemption to remind them of their legal obligations.