Responding to the Scrap Metal Dealers Bill today passing its final Parliamentary hurdle, Councillor Mehboob Khan, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said:
“This is excellent news for councils up and down the country who have suffered at the hands of unscrupulous metal thieves. The passing of this important Bill shows ministers have listened to the LGA and others who have long argued that action must be taken to tackle this blight on our communities. Thefts of scrap metal have been spiralling out of control, and this has been in no small part down to the lack of adequate legislation for regulating scrap yards.
“This will be a huge step towards tackling a national problem which has cost the country hundreds of millions of pounds and caused chaos, disruption and heartache for millions. By supporting Richard Ottaway’s Bill, MPs of all political parties have recognised what a major issue this is.
“Councils have long been clear that we need a comprehensive and modern system for running the metal recycling industry, with a proper licensing system to hold scrapyards to account.
“Now that the Bill has passed through Parliament, we look forward to working with the Home Office and councils to make sure the system is up and running as quickly as possible. Communities up and down the country will be breathing a sigh of relief that parliamentarians have recognised the seriousness of this issue and are prepared to act to make it easier for councils and the police to both prevent and tackle this heinous activity.”