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Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 43 - Clean-up costs (25 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: The hon. Gentleman is making some very good points. It is not only farmers who are affected by that practice, but other landholders, such as the Woodland Trust and the National Trust. They are equally affected.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 43 - Clean-up costs (25 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: The figure of £7 million spent each year on waste-related crime comes from information provided by the Environment Agency ahead of the Bill.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 43 - Clean-up costs (25 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I beg to move amendment No. 94, in clause 43, page 37, line 35, at end insert 'and its legal disposal'.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 43 - Clean-up costs (25 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: You were not able to be with us during our previous sitting, Mr. Taylor, when I had to wind up rather hurriedly to allow members of the Committee to go home on Thursday evening.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 43 - Clean-up costs (25 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I am all heart. Amendment No. 94 is intended to ensure that we drive home the point that clean-up includes legal disposal of waste. It may be a pedantic point, but the Bill is partly about refocusing on waste and the need to do the right thing. The problems relating to clean-up costs come back to the lack of convictions for fly-tipping, and we are worried about who is paying for the cost of...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 41 - penalties on conviction (25 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: In this welcome spirit of solidarity, I ask the hon. Gentleman if he agrees that it is much more important to send out a message to those who create waste in the first place that the costs of using a product such as asbestos or undertaking demolition work must include the legal disposal of waste? Members of the public need to understand that they cannot just say, ''I have bought something new...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 41 - penalties on conviction (25 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: It is my understanding—I stand to be corrected if the Minister has more recent information—that only 70 per cent. of councils report incidents to Flycatcher and it is not fully implemented across every council. Can he give us more news on that?

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 41 - penalties on conviction (25 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I welcome you back to our Committee, Mr. Taylor. It is always interesting having two Chairmen. I am grateful to both of you for ensuring that we proceed at a reasonable pace. My main concern about the clause is that the penalties must be set at a level that will act as a deterrent. One of the things that emerged clearly from the Environmental Audit Committee report on environmental crime and...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Bogs (24 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to complete the UK network of Natura 2000 sites for the habitat type Degraded Raised Bogs Still Capable of Natural Regeneration.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Video Conferencing Units (24 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many video conferencing units are installed in (a) the Department and (b) each agency of the Department; what percentage of offices have these facilities in each case; and what plans there are to increase the number.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 38 - Failure to produce authority: fixed penalty notices (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I thank the Minister for his thoughts. I am not without sympathy with some of the points. I appreciate that he is seeing some of the argument without necessarily being able to move across. However, I do have concerns. When the time comes, presumably annually, that the Environment Agency discusses with the Government what its grant in aid should be, budgets and requirements are discussed and...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 38 - Failure to produce authority: fixed penalty notices (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I have to recognise that there is a time when people want to go home; we have been working hard today, and have covered a lot of ground. However, I hope we will be able to return to the issue later, because it is important. Although I can recognise at this stage that we will not be able to move an amendment and win it, I would be very unhappy about letting the issue go completely. I beg to...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 38 - Failure to produce authority: fixed penalty notices (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I beg to move amendment No. 19, in page 35, line 9, leave out from 'be' to end of line 10 and insert 'used only for the purposes of its functions under section 5 above (including functions relating to the enforcement of offences under that section).'.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 38 - Failure to produce authority: fixed penalty notices (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: The amendment comes back to my concern about the inconsistency with which we treat the Environment Agency, compared with local government. We are talking about who keeps the receipts for fixed penalty notices. On Second Reading, I mentioned that there are major problems with the apprehension and conviction of criminals by the Environment Agency. I appreciate that there will be occasions when...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 38 - Failure to produce authority: fixed penalty notices (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: In general, I am a great supporter of the Environment Agency. When some people wanted its responsibilities devolved to local government I was one of those who said that its strength came from working in the way it does. However, although we know that the resources available to the agency have increased, what proportion of them is intended to go towards the detection and conviction of...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 36 - Registration requirements and conditions (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I beg to move amendment No. 90, in clause 36, page 31, line 10, after 'impose', insert 'reasonable'. Many Committee members are concerned about waste and fly-tipping. We must deal effectively and appropriately with the problem. The amendment is about waste transport. We do not want to see the regulation authority making a profit out of the charges imposed on waste carriers; we want them just...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 36 - Registration requirements and conditions (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I thank the Minister for his response and welcome him to this part of the debate. We have worked together a lot on waste issues and occasionally we have a robust debate, but there is no doubt that we need to get to grips with this Bill, which is an important piece of legislation that I welcome. I certainly have the reassurance that I sought. We will draw attention later in our deliberations...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 37 - Enforcement powers (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I will comment first on amendments Nos. 65 and 66, because we, too, have concerns. The 10 days suggested in amendment No. 65 is longer than the seven days within which the police can require drivers to bring their licence to a police station, but I do not understand why somebody should have to take authorisation to a police station; if they want to send it to a police station, they carry the...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 23 - Controls on free distribution of printed matter (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I will not go through the answers point by point, as time is short. I understand the Minister's point on amendment No. 85. The clause states: ''Consent need not be given to any applicant''. Is the Minister is saying that these things will be proportionate and will not encourage councils to say that someone who has done something once, for pocket money, will not be able to earn pocket money...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 23 - Controls on free distribution of printed matter (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: In that case, as the Minister has clarified the position, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn. Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.


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