Results 141–160 of 1312 for speaker:Ms Sue Doughty

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

Ms Sue Doughty: In principle, the giving out of fixed penalty notices is welcome; it has been recommended, as it immediately links the crime to the response that it is wrong. As we discussed earlier with regard to chewing gum, when we see a perpetrator committing a crime, someone should make that clear to them, there and then. Fixed penalty notices therefore have a use. The purpose of the amendments is to...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 27 - ''Litter'' (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I shall make a few brief responses to the Minister's remarks on new clause 2. First, like everyone, I am absolutely delighted with the change in public attitude to dog fouling, but I have to say that when someone is out with their pooch, it is very visible when it is pooping. It is easy to see whose dog is doing it, and local disapprobation goes a long way to changing attitudes. However, if a...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 27 - ''Litter'' (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: If the hon. Lady had been listening she would know that we are not proposing a purchase tax, but it is an option to consider at some stage and we listed it among a range of other proposals. We are not endorsing such a tax, and I would like that on the record.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 27 - ''Litter'' (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: The new clause recognises the problems of producer responsibility. On Second Reading we heard a great deal about the cost of dealing with chewing gum. Certainly no one intends to put onerous clean-up costs on to local government. We are trying to look at the whole problem of why we are in this situation and how we deal with the onset of the problem rather than the tail end. While we support...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 27 - ''Litter'' (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I have a lot of sympathy with the hon. Gentleman's view. There are two problems, however. People throw it away and we need to jump on them for doing that. [Interruption.] Well, we need designated officers to jump on them. I fully support measures to deal with that.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 27 - ''Litter'' (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: Not another new clause, as the matter is perfectly adequately covered. However, the problem is the cost. It cost £200 million to remove chewing gum from London Underground's trains and stations. Given the state of our public transport system, that is £200 million of money that could be put to good use on the railways and other transport undertakings. The problem has been going on for a long...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 27 - ''Litter'' (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: The hon. Gentleman has a good point. We have not tabled an amendment on the subject, as we do not necessarily subscribe to that solution, we merely say that such a suggestion could be considered, and we need to look at what can be done about the problem of chewing gum. The hon. Gentleman and I throw the stuff in the bin, carefully wrapped up; there may be a problem with the sample from the...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 20 - Litter clearing notices (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: May I join others in welcoming you, Mr. Forth, and, in advance, welcome your judgments? Amendment No. 73 is a probing amendment. We are concerned that the period within which somebody needs to act when they have been served with a notice is less than 56 days. There is a problem with absentee landlords. For example, if the owner of an area where an order has been made is overseas, even if the...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 20 - Litter clearing notices (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I fully support councils having a time scale within which action should be taken. It is right that people should see the problem dealt with and that it does not go on for ever. However, what guidance would the Minister give to someone who belatedly becomes aware of the order and cannot fulfil its requirements because he is away, even though he would intend to take action? The individual could...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 20 - Litter clearing notices (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I thank the Minister for his explanation about what we will do about absentees and for the short discussion on how to ensure that the requirements are not excessively onerous on somebody who genuinely cannot act within the time scale.  

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Waste (20 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of waste mercury were produced in (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01, (c) 2001–02 and (d) 2002–03; and how much of this was recycled.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Waste (19 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of municipal waste was (a) composted, (b) recycled and (c) sent to incineration facilities in (i) 2000–2001, (ii) 2001–02 and (iii) 2002–03; and what the equivalent figures were for (A) France, (B) Denmark, (C) the Netherlands, (D) Germany and (E) Austria.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Waste (19 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on average, how many kilograms of waste were (a) recycled, (b) diverted from landfill and (c) sent to energy from waste facilities per household in (i) the United Kingdom, (ii) Austria, (iii) Germany, (iv) Denmark and (v) Sweden in the last year for which figures are available.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 2 - Gating orders (18 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: It is my recollection that, when amendment No. 2 was debated this morning, we had an opportunity to cover those points. We have many important issues to go through. To revisit areas that we have already debated will not take us much further.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 2 - Gating orders (18 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I have listened with care to the points that the Minister made. We got the result that we wanted, because we were probing to see what would happen in the regulations. In some areas, we got a clearer view. I continue to share the views expressed by the hon. Member for Vale of York about the clarity of information, particularly for the utilities. I hope that   that will find its way into...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 2 - Gating orders (18 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: Will the Minister give way on that point?

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 2 - Gating orders (18 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I thank the Minister and you, Mr. Taylor, for your indulgence. The question that our probing amendment asks is that if proposed new section 129A(3)(a), which concerns ''premises adjoining or adjacent to the highway are affected by crime or anti-social behaviour'', stays in as a point that must be satisfied, what will happen when the premises adjoining the highway are not used for antisocial...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 2 - Gating orders (18 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I was thinking of where I was brought up, where there was a snicket that went through the middle of a circular road that was accessed from the front. It was badly lit. Somebody could be attacked there, but it would have no bearing on the neighbours on either side because the person would have been using the snicket to cut from one area to another. That is the example I have in mind—a path...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 2 - Gating orders (18 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I am sure that the police will be involved, but there is a great deal of difference between a mapping department and the people who make the decision. There is also a lot of duplication of information, and quite often decisions are made by the crime and disorder reduction partnership strategy, so in principle that part of the police are saying, ''Yes, we are keen on that.'' I have discussed...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 2 - Gating orders (18 Jan 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: Amendment No. 2 and our amendment No. 31 deal with similar issues. There is a lack of clarity about the circumstances under which a gating order can be made. We do not support amendment No. 2 because it includes only criminal behaviour. We are concerned whether a gating order would be sufficient to deal with antisocial behaviour. The amendment does not refer to the persistent committing of...


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