Dear House of Commons,
Please could you tell me what evidence was used to ban the four types of dogs under Section One of the Dangerous Dogs Act?
Which scientific papers, if any, were used to ban these four types?
If there were no scientific papers were used, what evidence did you use to deem these four types of dogs as more dangerous than any other breeds?
Miss R. Bermingham
Dear Miss R. Bermingham
Thank you for your request for information. The House of Commons does not hold the information you require.
However, you may find the following information useful.
Prior to presenting a bill to Parliament the government often make consultations through what are known as green or white papers. Once responses have been gathered the Parliamentary Counsel Office (within the Cabinet Office) drafts the proposed bill which will be presented to Parliament.
Government consultation and drafting
The government issued a consultation paper in June 1990 on the Control of Dogs (Home Office/Scottish Office/Welsh Office/Department of the Environment). The National Archives is the repository for all government documentation. The paper was also deposited in the House of Commons Library by the Home Office as Deposited Paper 6158. It is only available in hard copy, and can be obtained through the Parliamentary Archives if you would like a copy. If you would like to obtain the responses to the consultation please contact the National Archives or the Home Office (the Home Office sponsored the bill through Parliament at the time). The responses to the consultation will indicate what type of information was gathered from the public and from whom. The information that was used to inform the drafting of the bill would have been a matter for the government at that time.
National Archives http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
Home Office http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/
Parliamentary Archives http://www.parliament.uk/business/public...
Parliamentary Counsel http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/content/...
The Dangerous Dogs Bill 1990-91 was presented to Parliament on 4 June 1991
I attach links to the Parliamentary debates. From this you will be able to see any discussions that took place relating to the breeds of dogs covered and any references MPs and Lords made to any sources of advice and information. MPs and Lords can propose amendments during various stages of the bill. They will take advice from a variety of sources of their choosing to inform their decisions. This would be a matter for the individual MPs.
Commons (bill numbers 169 and 218)
1st reading (formal, no debate) 04.06.1991 c172 http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa...
All stages 10.06.1991 http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa...
Lords Amendments 24.07.1991 http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa...
Lords (bill numbers 94, 109, 115)
1st reading 12.06.1991 http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/lords...
2nd reading 25.06.1991 http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/lords...
Committee 10.07.1991 http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/lords...
3rd reading 23.07.1991 http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/lords...
Royal Assent 25.07.1991
(Bills are reprinted when they go to the next House and when large numbers of amendments are made)
In 1996-97 the Home Affairs Select Committee made an inquiry into the operation of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 which may be of interest (HC 146 1996-97). It is available in hard copy from the Parliamentary Archives (please see link above)
The House of Commons Library have produced a research briefing which may be helpful for background (17 May 2012)
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Thank you very much for your response. The information you gave me is very useful and I will contact the relevant organisations as suggested.
Miss R. Bermingham
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