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Business of the House

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:39 am on 19th March 2015.

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Photo of William Hague William Hague First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons 11:39 am, 19th March 2015

This is a very important issue that has affected rail services, and war memorials have been desecrated and church roofs damaged. We have taken action, as my hon. Friend knows, and there is indeed the 2013 Act. The licensing scheme is administered by local councils, and we fully expect them to take action where scrap metal dealers are found to be unlicensed or are failing to comply with the Act. I hope that is of some reassurance to my hon. Friend. I do not think it will be possible to add a debate about that issue into the remaining few days of this Parliament.