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Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what responses he has received from chief constables on his 2007 review of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991; and if he will publish them. 
Jonathan Shaw: 32 responses from police forces in England and Wales were received in response to our request for information on dangerous dogs legislation. It is clear that among police, there is no overwhelming support for major changes to existing law, but it is also clear from the consultation that the existing law needs to be enforced more rigorously. I will place a summary of the consultation responses in the House Libraries.
To assist the police, local authorities and the general public we are giving priority to revising the guidance that DEFRA has issued about the law on dangerous and unruly dogs. Officials are working with stakeholders from a range of backgrounds to prepare new guidance and I anticipate that it will be ready for publication in the spring of 2008.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate he has made of the number of illegal dogs under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in the UK in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals were registered, in each London borough, under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each of the last five years. 
Jonathan Shaw: The number of dogs, prohibited by section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, which were added to the Index of Exempted Dogs in each of the last five years is set out in the following table.
|Index of Exempted Dogs, Analysis of Greater London Dogs, numbers added to Index in years 2003 to 2007|
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