Fly-tipping and Illegal Dumping — [SIR MARK HENDRICK in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 24 May 2022.

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Photo of Saqib Bhatti Saqib Bhatti Conservative, Meriden 2:30, 24 May 2022

I beg to move,

That this House
has considered the matter of tackling fly-tipping and illegal dumping.

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Mark. I am grateful for the time to discuss this important issue.

“And did those feet in ancient time

Walk upon England’s mountains green:

And was the holy Lamb of God

On England’s pleasant pastures seen!”

My choir-singing days are long behind me, but that famous hymn and poem appropriately captures the idyllic nature of our beautiful nation. However, I dread to imagine what William Blake would think today if he could see the mattresses strewn along our country lanes, the rubbish along our high streets or the old, broken televisions and fridges dumped at the side of the road, which is what we are here to discuss today. I asked for this debate because I have been shocked by the level of littering and fly-tipping, and I am sure every colleague will agree that it is a blight on our environment and undermines our communities.