Fly-tipping: Sentencing

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 22nd February 2018.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of sentences in deterring fly-tipping; and when the penalties for fly-tipping will next be reviewed.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government is committed to tackling fly-tipping. The maximum penalty on prosecution for fly-tipping is imprisonment of up to five years or a potentially unlimited fine. Defra has worked with the Sentencing Council to strengthen guidelines for environmental offences in 2014. I am raising this with colleagues at the Ministry of Justice and to also ensure sentencing levels act as an effective deterrent.

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