§ Mr. Andrew F. Bennett
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the administrative cost of issuing dog licences; how much revenue was obtained from dog licences in the last year for which figures are available; and what percentage of owners of dogs needing a licence is estimated to have one.
§ Mr. Denis Howell
During the financial year 1976–77 the administrative cost of issuing dog licences in England and Wales was £943,196 and the revenue obtained was £1,097,551. It is estimated that licences were taken out for about 60 per cent of all dogs. Dogs for which licences were not taken out would include some in respect of which exemptions are provided under the Dog Licences Act 1959.