HC Deb 03 November 2003 vol 412 c442W
Mr. Peter Ainsworth

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase penalties on conviction for the theft of pet dogs; and if he will make a statement. [132838]

Ms Blears

[holding answer 21 October 2003]: There are no plans to increase penalties for the theft of pet dogs. The courts already have robust sentencing powers for theft: the current maximum penalty is seven years imprisonment.

The Government believe that these penalties sufficiently reflect the seriousness of the offence.

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