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Metal Theft

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Graham Jones Graham Jones Opposition Assistant Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many illegal scrap metal yards have been identified in each year from 1990 to 2011.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills does not hold such information. There is a statutory requirement for scrap metal dealers to register with their local authority under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and the Civil Government (Scotland) Act 1982, but information on the total number of scrap metal dealers registered is not held centrally. Furthermore, operators of scrap metal yards require either an environmental permit or a registered exemption from the Environment Agency (or the Scottish Environment Protection Agency), under waste management legislation to be operating legally in the UK. Enforcement therefore currently rests with those relevant bodies.

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