Caroline Spelman remains deeply confused by dangerous dogs legislation

Caroline Spelman finally responds to a consultation on microchipping dangerous dogs, yet doesn't know that the relevant data is held by the private sector.

E-mail-sign-up Donate

 

.

Mary Creagh MP is Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary.

Another week, another fine mess from DEFRA. This time, Caroline Spelman is confused about microchipping dogs.

While in government, Labour launched a consultation in March 2010 on reforming the law to provide greater protection for victims of dog attacks and to deal with irresponsible owners. The consultation closed in June 2010, yet the government took nearly two years to publish its response (another consultation).

The government now wants to phase in the microchipping of dogs, so as to ensure that owners can be traced after an attack. Their consultation states:

There are currently four databases operating in the UK [for holding data on micro-chipped dogs] and it is possible others may be set up. To ensure that data protection and service standards are maintained, it seems appropriate that all databases should be approved by DEFRA.”

Yet at DEFRA questions three days later, the Secretary of State seemed blissfully unaware that private companies run these four databases.

When asked who would have access to data on microchipped dogs, she replied:

The database is held by my department.”

I wrote to the Secretary of State asking her to correct the record. She replied:

The database I referred to in the House of Commons on 23 April was the Index of Exempted Dogs, which is the responsibility of Defra.”

The Index of Exempted Dogs was established by the 1992 Dangerous Dogs Act. It lists individual dogs from banned breeds that have been through a court process.

 


See also:

The government has no ambition on carbon reporting 21 Jun 2012

“Greenest government ever” ordered to face High Court on air pollution 16 Sep 2012

Spelman’s claims badger cull is “science-led” are pure bunkum 21 Jul 2011

Cameron defends circus animals ban farce 24 Jun 2011

Spelman’s DEFRA big top is spinning out of control 20 May 2011


 

The Secretary of State appears to have wilfully misunderstood my request, using a completely separate database to cover up her misunderstanding of the question she was originally asked in Parliament.

She has now proven on two separate occasions that she doesn’t know what she is talking about. I hope Armando Iannucci is taking notes.

 


Sign-up to our weekly email • Donate to Left Foot Forward

17 Responses to “Caroline Spelman remains deeply confused by dangerous dogs legislation”

  1. leftlinks

    Left Foot Forward – Caroline Spelman remains deeply confused by dangerous dogs legislation http://t.co/wnUjv6FL

  2. Miriam Said

    RT @leftfootfwd: Caroline Spelman remains deeply confused by dangerous dogs legislation http://t.co/pd6owVy0 by @marycreagh_mp #NewsClub

  3. bryan

    Caroline Spelman remains deeply confused by dangerous dogs legislation http://t.co/ghX9AqoZ by @marycreagh_mp

  4. Endangered Dogs

    RT @leftfootfwd: Caroline Spelman remains deeply confused by dangerous dogs legislation http://t.co/occuL7kj #microchipping #doglawuk #defra

  5. Sue Rogers

    RT @leftfootfwd: Caroline Spelman remains deeply confused by dangerous dogs legislation http://t.co/pd6owVy0 by @marycreagh_mp #NewsClub

  6. Mandy Ellis

    RT @leftfootfwd: Caroline Spelman remains deeply confused by dangerous dogs legislation http://t.co/pd6owVy0 by @marycreagh_mp #NewsClub

  7. Pulp Ark

    Caroline Spelman remains deeply confused by dangerous… http://t.co/6RPMnqQi #GoodSociety #CarolineSpelman #cerberus #muslim #tcot #sioa

  8. Tail End Pet Shop

    RT @leftfootfwd: Caroline Spelman remains deeply confused by dangerous dogs legislation http://t.co/occuL7kj #microchipping #doglawuk #defra

  9. Jacquie Youngs

    RT @leftfootfwd: Caroline Spelman remains deeply confused by dangerous dogs legislation http://t.co/occuL7kj #microchipping #doglawuk #defra

  10. Shakazaramesh

    JT INNOCENT!!!!!!!!1

  11. LardBlogger

    Perhaps Left Foot Forward would like to see John Terry microchipped too, for good measure?

  12. nebswot99

    Typical comment from Blagger – we can’t have your feral 1% punished now can we? Btw, when did you stop beating your slaves?

  13. Anonymous

    Ah yes, typical Hi “arseholes” tactics. Reported…

  14. BevR

    RT @leftfootfwd: Caroline Spelman remains deeply confused by dangerous dogs legislation http://t.co/mH0BbYhW

  15. Ben Phillips

    You’re the best

  16. Andrew Crory

    Caroline Spelman remains deeply confused by dangerous dogs legislation http://t.co/ghX9AqoZ by @marycreagh_mp

  17. Khia E Dobbinson

    Caroline Spelman remains deeply confused by dangerous dogs legislation http://t.co/ghX9AqoZ by @marycreagh_mp

Leave a Reply