Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th October 2011.

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Photo of Mike Weatherley Mike Weatherley Conservative, Hove

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will consider providing greater powers to local authorities to deal with people caught littering.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Local authority enforcement officers already have a range of powers to deal with litterers. Littering is a criminal offence under section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Offenders can be prosecuted in a magistrates court, and on conviction may be fined up to £2,500 and receive a criminal record. As an alternative to prosecution local authority enforcement officers can issue a fixed penalty notice for a sum between £50 and £80 set locally.

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Peter Silverman
Posted on 19 Oct 2011 3:59 pm (Report this annotation)

I guess the answer to the question was "no".

The current legislation to quote another Under-secretary Mike Penning "is clearly not working"

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