Re: Dangerous Dogs – Scottish Government Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee Inquiry – Review of Dog Control Law
This is an update further to LTB 572/18 issued on 9 October 2018.
Oral Evidence Session
This is to inform you all that the Scottish Government Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee Secretary has invited me on behalf of the Communication Workers Union to give oral evidence to the Committee of MLAs public inquiry which is undertaking a post-legislative scrutiny review of Dog Control Law in Scotland, namely the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 and associated legislation. This will take place on Thursday 21st February 2019 at 10am in the Scottish Parliament building, Holyrood, Edinburgh and is expected to last up to 1 hour, 30 minutes. The Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee round table discussion meeting session starts at 9am with my session scheduled for approximately 10.00am
The meeting is in public and seats are available in the public gallery if anyone wishes to come along. People attending will require a ticket (see below). The first session will be focusing on victims and relatives of victims of dog attacks.
Organisations represented at the Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee round table meeting are CWU, SSPCA, NFU Scotland, British Veterinary Association and the Dog Warden Association.
Bite-Back Campaign Re-Launch
As you will know, the CWU ‘Bite-Back’ campaign was re-launched in Scotland in 2018 and we have been lobbying hard, engaging with Ministers and MLAs over the last year in efforts to press for further changes and strengthening of the dog control laws and its enforcement in Scotland which I have to say is far from satisfactory. Our campaign led to a Motion coming before the Scottish Parliament on reviewing the Scottish Dangerous Dogs Law, I’m proud to say and the Motion was carried unanimously, supported by every Political Party after I had met and engaged them all. This was followed by meetings with the Minister and shadow Ministers and Party Leaders. This has culminated in the Inquiry now with the Scottish Government Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee.
CWU Written Evidence
A report and copy of the CWU Written Submission to the Scottish Parliament Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee Inquiry was circulated in LTB 572/18 for your perusal and information see attached copy of LTB 572/18 entitled ‘Dangerous Dogs – Scottish Government Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee Review of Dog Control Law – CWU Written Submission’ along with my CWU ‘Dog Attacks on Postal Workers Campaign Booklet’ for your information.
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