Environment Protection: Crime

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th June 2014.

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Photo of Alison Seabeck Alison Seabeck Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which companies have been (a) given warnings because of breaches of environmental law and (b) prosecuted for such breaches in each of the last five years.

Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The information is as follows:

(a) Warnings: The following table shows the total number of written warnings issued by the Environment Agency to companies in England for breaches of environmental law for the period since 2010.

Calendar year Number of written warnings issued by the Environment Agency in England
2009 16,140
2010 13,774
2011 12,009
2012 9,964
2013 10,093
Total for period 61,980

Due to the high volume, as recorded in the above table, it would incur disproportionate cost to collate the names of the individual companies who received such warnings.

Records of any warning or warnings issued to the operator of a permitted site are held on the Environment Agency’s public registers, which can be viewed at the relevant Environment Agency area office. Alternatively, any individual may request information from the Environment Agency National Customer Contact Centre on a particular site or sites by telephoning 03708 506 506 or emailing: enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk

(b) Prosecutions: The Environment Agency has successfully prosecuted 760 companies in England over the last five full calendar years. A list of the companies, in each year, will be placed in the House Library.

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