House of Commons – EFRA Parliamentary Select Committee Dangerous Dogs Law & Enforcement Inquiry – CWU Supplementary Written Evidence July 2018
To: All Royal Mail Group Based CWU ASRs
LTB 405/18 reported on Dave Joyce’s Televised Oral Evidence Session to the EFRA Parliamentary Select Committee Dangerous Dogs Law & Enforcement Inquiry, held in the House of Commons on 27 June 2018, televised on BBC Parliament TV and provided a link to those wishing to take the opportunity to watch a Parliament TV recording of Dave Joyce giving evidence on behalf of CWU members and dog attack victims, calling for changes to further strengthen the law (the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 as amended by the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime & Policing Act 2014) and toughen up enforcement and sentences handed down by the courts.
• Once again, it can be watched on the following link: https://youtu.be/QWI_UiggYNU
Following the oral evidence session on 27th June, CWU National Health, Safety & Environment Officer Dave Joyce was invited by the Chair of the Inquiry, Neil Parrish MP, to submit further supplementary written evidence to The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Parliamentary Select Committee’s Inquiry into Dangerous Dogs Legislation to assist the Inquiry Committee further.
• A Copy of the Supplementary Written Evidence Submission is attached for the information of Branches, Health and Safety Reps, Regional Health and Safety Forums and Regional Committees.
For your information, the Terms of Reference for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry into the legislation on dangerous dogs is as follows:-
• How effective is the Government’s current approach to protecting the public from dangerous dog attacks?
• What changes, if any, should be made to the current approach and legislation?
• How can local authorities and Police forces be best supported in reducing the number of dangerous dog-related incidents?
• What lessons could the UK learn from other countries dealing with similar issues?
There has been substantial debate about the effectiveness of the UK’s Dangerous Dogs legislation and the impact on dog welfare. 40 people died between 1989 and 2016 in dog-related incidents. The number of attacks has also risen, with the NHS reporting that yearly hospital admissions for dog bites have increased by 76% between 2006-2016 to around 7,500 a year.
• CWU Supplementary Written Evidence dated 11 July 2018 to the EFRA House Of Commons Dangerous Dogs Legislation Inquiry 2018.
• Dog Attacks on Postal Workers Example Cases Booklet Version 8a dated April 2018.
• Dave Joyce giving evidence to the EFRA Enquiry
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
(Note: Our thanks to Chris Ingram ‘Union Safety’ for their coverage of this issue and for setting up the edited video link above)