Early day motion 2130

SCRAP METAL THEFT

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Total number of signatures: 37

Bottomley, Peter Brake, Tom Campbell, Ronnie Caton, Martin
Chapman, Jenny Connarty, Michael Corbyn, Jeremy Crausby, David
Crockart, Mike Cunningham, Tony Dobbin, Jim Doran, Frank
Farrelly, Paul Flynn, Paul George, Andrew Hancock, Mike
Hemming, John Hopkins, Kelvin Huppert, Julian Leech, John
Lloyd, Stephen Llwyd, Elfyn Marsden, Gordon McDonnell, Alasdair
McDonnell, John Meale, Alan Owen, Albert Reevell, Simon
Roy, Lindsay Russell, Bob Sheerman, Barry Swales, Ian
Thurso, John Ward, David Williams, Mark Williams, Stephen
Wright, Simon

That this House notes with concern the increasing prevalence of scrap metal theft; denounces the recent desecration of the Civilian War Memorial in Portsmouth's Kingston Cemetery and theft of its plaques for sale; calls on the Government to introduce regulations on the buying of scrap metal including measures to ensure no scrap metal is sold without the seller providing verified identification and a full record of each transaction and provisions to make it illegal to make cash payments for scrap metal; and urges the Government to bring in proposals to effect these changes as soon as possible.

Amendment 2130A1 - SCRAP METAL THEFT

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Total number of signatures: 26

Baron, John Bruce, Fiona Campbell, Gregory Cooper, Rosie
Dakin, Nic Dodds, Nigel Dowd, Jim Jamieson, Cathy
Lewis, Julian Long, Naomi Mann, John Mearns, Ian
Morris, Grahame M Ottaway, Richard Percy, Andrew Rotheram, Steve
Ruddock, Joan Sanders, Adrian Shannon, Jim Stephenson, Andrew
Vaz, Valerie Walker, Robin Walley, Joan Watson, Tom
Weatherley, Mike Wood, Mike Roy

at end add `notes that the theft of metal (copper, lead etc.) is a growing problem in the UK affecting many industries (e.g. power, transportation, water and communications), with the cost to the UK economy estimated at £770 million per annum; further notes that the safety and social aspects for the public of communications cables being vandalised, gas pipes being ripped from houses, lead from churches and schools, roadway drain and manhole covers being taken, etc are immeasurable; commends industry, the British Transport Police, the ACPO and others for their work to eradicate this problem; and calls on the Government to introduce legislation to protect the UK economy from this danger by adopting a more robust regime with greater powers for the police and courts, including the investigation of suspicious activities and allowing the enforcement of proceeds of crime provisions.'.