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

Ms Sue Doughty: I quite accept that point. I have seen such things on literature from the three political parties that I regularly come across in addition to Trinity, which appears and disappears on a regular basis. We tabled a probing amendment and recommended a deletion because the position is untenable. We look forward to the Minister telling us how we could get round the problem.

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

Ms Sue Doughty: I have every sympathy with what the Minister is saying. If it were a case of just trying to get some clarity between the one and the other, I would   fully accept what he is saying. The reality is that the clause is meant to deal with people who, for example, hand out literature outside a nightclub every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The stuff gets thrown on the ground. We are...

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

Ms Sue Doughty: I take that point, but I am pressing for clarity from the Minister—because our debate will go down on the record—in identifying what the court would do in such a case. The person in question might say in his defence, ''Oh, no, it is Trinity party; it is just that there is an advert for the nightclub.'' Those issues come to court eventually, and I predict such a court case.

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

Ms Sue Doughty: I thank the Minister for that clarification. I should not want to take exception to the activities of one party more than another; the case was a specific one. The Minister's comments about how the court might deal with the matter are helpful. If he can provide any further clarification on Report we should welcome that. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

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

Ms Sue Doughty: I beg to move amendment No. 75, in page 21, line 10, leave out 'and'.

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

Ms Sue Doughty: These amendments are much more simple. There is a typo in amendment No. 76; the first instance of the word ''on'' should be ''of''. We are interested in how people are to get the information that they need about what information they can hand out and where it is legitimate to do so. A lot of young people get involved in handing out literature, sometimes for their own projects and sometimes...

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

Ms Sue Doughty: We are just concerned that often young people do not read newspapers and that newspapers themselves are sometimes extremely parochial. I take the Minister's point that the matter is down to best practice and I hope that local authorities will take note of the advice that he has provided. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn. 

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

Ms Sue Doughty: I beg to move amendment No. 77, in page 21, line 15, leave out '28' and insert '42'.

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

Ms Sue Doughty: Again, the amendments are clarifying amendments. Amendments Nos. 77 and 78 concern the time scale. The main problem is the 14 days for objecting to a proposed order. In my area there is a weekly newspaper, but someone might be away when it comes out and might not read the small print at the back when they return and catch up with the news, as they are getting on with their lives again. Such...

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

Ms Sue Doughty: I beg to move amendment No. 74, in page 20, leave out lines 25 and 26. A situation that we have had in Guildford illustrates the points on which we seek clarity. This is a probing amendment that is, on the face of it, simple and straightforward, although in practice there might be further complications. In the local government elections of the year before last, a local business man created...

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

Ms Sue Doughty: That is a very helpful intervention. I believe that the answer is yes. If the Trinity party were to put out printed matter containing a slogan, such as ''The best thing for town planning'', ''Free drinks at The Drink on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays'' or whatever it might be, that would precisely illustrate the problem.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 19 - Litter offence: fixed penalty notices (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I thank the Minister for his positive approach to the amendments. This is an important point. When the Environmental Audit Committee   produced its report ''Environmental Crime and the Court'', two concerns emerged loud and clear from witness after witness, and from the memorandums that the Committee received. The first, which is not relevant to this debate, was that people thought that the...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 19 - Litter offence: fixed penalty notices (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I appreciate those comments, which go a long way to getting on the record the opportunities that are available to councils. We are not trying to make life over-arduous for councils, but in the end persistent offending is a cost to them, as is clean-up. We are all trying to obtain practical, common-sense solutions. I hope, as a result of this debate, that the Minister will take any...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 19 - Litter offence: fixed penalty notices (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I beg to move amendment No. 69, in clause 19, page 16, line 7, after 'council', insert 'with accreditation under the Quality Council Scheme'.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 19 - Litter offence: fixed penalty notices (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: We touched on the content of amendment No. 69 on Second Reading, but we tabled it in Committee to elicit clarification and to ensure that the subject is clearly understood. We are concerned about parish councils—those that might not be fully elected and rely on co-option—that might take upon themselves responsibilities greater than they should reasonably be given. If we are to have...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 19 - Litter offence: fixed penalty notices (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I thank the Minister for his response. On the subject of whether dustmen should be able to issue fines, I take his point about Sunday school teachers. I used to know a dustman who was a poet: he worked as a dustman in order to give himself time off to write poetry. Some of it was very good and some of it was set to music by Emerson, Lake and Palmer. None the less, it did not necessarily...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 19 - Litter offence: fixed penalty notices (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I beg to move amendment No. 70, in clause 19, page 16, leave out lines 13 to 16.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 19 - Litter offence: fixed penalty notices (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I think we can deal with the amendments fairly quickly. They are along the same lines as the previous group and relate to the contracting out of powers to issue fixed penalty notices to contractors and their employees—we are back to the dustmen, I am afraid. We are seeking greater clarity. The powers in clause 48 are for dealing with offences relating to the collection of waste, so we...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 19 - Litter offence: fixed penalty notices (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I thank the Minister for that assurance. The amendment was designed to draw out those facts. We would have no problem with people who are trained to do that job, even though it is part of their other duties. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn. Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 19 - Litter offence: fixed penalty notices (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I beg to move amendment No. 68, in clause 19, page 15, line 36, at end insert— '(7A) The Secretary of State may, by regulations, allow a litter authority to which a fixed penalty is payable under this section to treat it as having been paid if a period of community service related to environmental protection is completed.'.


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