Parliament and Legislation – a poor effort!

16 May 13 – New dangerous dogs laws do not go far enough, say MPs

One of the functions of Parliament is to legislate; assessing the effectiveness of this is difficult as with the usual government majority (current Coalition aside) they can usually force through any law. This article is then a great example of a poor law, passed as a knee-jerk reaction to the case of a toddler being mauled by a dog in the 1990’s. The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 is almost universally acknowledged to be a poor piece of legislation suffering from a lack of scrutiny by both the Commons and the Lords. Therefore also a good example for the effectiveness of the House of Lords.