Clause 15 - Review of Act

Scrap Metal Dealers Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:45 pm on 11th September 2012.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 6:45 pm, 11th September 2012

I beg to move amendment 14, in clause 15, page 9, line 5, at end add ‘and lay it before both Houses of Parliament.’.

Photo of Joe Benton Joe Benton Labour, Bootle

With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment 4, in clause 15, page 9, line 10, at end insert—

‘(d) assess the prevalence of the export of stolen scrap metal through UK ports in the years following the passage of the Act.’.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

The amendment is a probing amendment to ensure that any final review is laid before both Houses of Parliament. If that is the case, or an assurance can be given, I am happy to withdraw the amendment or have it accepted as part of the Bill.

Photo of Graham Jones Graham Jones Opposition Assistant Whip (Commons)

I would like to speak to amendment 4, on the issue that I have raised regarding vehicle badging. The legislation deals with the dealer channel, but not with displacement outside the industry. That matter is ongoing with the British Transport Police, and Operation Tornado is being rolled out nationally. I am concerned about people trying to evade the law by not using registered scrap metal dealers, but dealing in metal themselves, like with vehicle badging on containers.

Photo of Joe Benton Joe Benton Labour, Bootle

Order. There is a Division on the Floor of the House. I understand that it has been agreed that we will reconvene at 9.30 am tomorrow.

Ordered, That the debate be now adjourned.— (Mr Ottaway.)

Adjourned till Wednesday 12 September at half-past Nine o’clock.