§ Mr. Morley
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many prosecutions for cruelty to livestock were brough in each year since 1985; and how many, in each year, were brought by(a) the Government and (b) the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
§ Mr. Soames
The number of prosecutions for cruelty to livestock in England and Wales taken by my Department and the Welsh Office between 1985 and 1993 under the Protection of Animals Acts 1911 to 1988 and the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968 are as follows:
Number 1985 2 1986 6 1987 8 1988 6 1989 4 1990 5
Number 1991 0 1992 6 1993 2
Prosecutions may also be taken by other parties such as local authorities and the RSPCA. Comprehensive figures on the numbers of such prosecutions are not available.