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Dogs: Licensing

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 138111, tabled on 25 April 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has plans to replicate the Northern Ireland dog licencing system in England and Wales.

Answered on

2 May 2018

Since April 2016 every dog in Great Britain is required to be microchipped with the keeper’s details. Over 90% of dog owners are compliant with the microchipping requirement which allows dogs to be traced back to their keeper and if the dog strays allows dog and keeper to be reunited quickly. There are no plans to reintroduce the dog licence in England.

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