§ Mr. Laurence Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce a dog licensing scheme for owners; and if she will make a statement. 
§ Alun Michael
This Government have considered the options for introducing a dog licensing scheme for owners very carefully. However, at present the Government are not planning to introduce a dog licensing scheme for dog owners. Defra does promote responsible dog ownership through byelaws, education and publicity.