THE SCRAP METAL BILL proposed by Conservative backbencher Richard Ottaway has successfully negotiated its third reading in the Commons, after the Bishop of Winchester added his voice to a national call for higher scrap metal accountability to become law.
MP Ottawayâ€™s Private Memberâ€™s Bill is vital to provide effective regulation of the scrap metal trade and will effectively reduce incidences of metal theft by taking away the incentive of easy cash that fuels this crime.
Key elements of the Bill:
- A national register of scrap yards
- Police powers of entry to ensure compliance
- Powers to close yards that are trading illegally
- Production of Photo ID at the point of sale
- Cashless transactions only
The Bill has a wide definition of a scrap dealer and will include itinerant collectors and smelting yards. Under current regulations these operations can trade for cash and, if this can continue, it will undermine the impact of cashless trade elsewhere.
Anne Sloman, Chair of the Church Buildings Council, welcomed the news, saying: 'We are delighted with the progress made by Richard Ottaway's Scrap Metal Dealers Bill. Now that it has cleared all its hurdles in the House of Commons, we look forward to a similar result in the House of Lords and the benefits that will follow once it becomes law.'
The Bill now goes to the House of Lords, making it more likely the reforms will become law. This follows a period of intense campaigning by The Church of England and others, including letters from the Bishop of London and articles in national newspapers.
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