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Theft: Metals

Home Department written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Mark Spencer Mark Spencer Conservative, Sherwood

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on whether, if the Scrap Metal Dealers' Bill supported by the Government were to be enacted, people selling scrap metal without a fixed abode would still be able to receive cash payments.

Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne The Minister of State, Home Department

The Scrap Metal Dealers Bill will make it illegal for any scrap metal dealer, site manager or person acting for the dealer to pay cash for scrap metal, whether the seller has a fixed abode or not. The current offence in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 will be extended to mobile collectors and motor salvage operators under the revised definition of a scrap metal dealer.

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