London Local Authorities Bill [ Lords] (By Order)

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 3:10 pm on 13th October 2010.

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Photo of Mike Freer Mike Freer Conservative, Finchley and Golders Green 3:10 pm, 13th October 2010

My hon. Friend makes a very good point, but if he wants to deal with the people who cause the litter, he should support the clause that requires people to supply their name and address when fixed penalty notices are being served. This is a pincer movement, because one provision deals with those who operate the businesses that generate the litter and the other clause deals with those who drop it, and therefore both sides of the argument are particularly covered. The cost of collecting litter in London runs to millions of pounds and it falls on the innocent taxpayer, so either the businesses have to be more responsible or the individuals who cause the litter have to be prosecuted. Either way, the Bill provides the necessary regulations to allow the London councils to get on with it.

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