ENA Special Edition Bulletin 8 November

Special issue: Tuesday 8 November 2011

**ENA launch Metal Theft Bill campaign**      

This week ENA have helped launch a Private Members Bill which will finally reform the scrap metal law and so address the scourge of metal theft. The Bill will be introduced next Tuesday 15th November by Graham Jones, the Labour MP for Hyndburn, he led a Commons debate on the issue back in September. The Bill calls for a proper licensing regime with identification requirements, greater police powers and a cashless system for all scrap metal transactions. As part of our campaign to support the Bill we have also started an e-petition and the Bill will be formally launched at an event in the House of Commons next Monday.  

We are asking everyone who wants to see metal theft eradicated to sign the petition to make sure that Government support the Bill and allow its quick passage through Parliament. Last week ENA set out the case for a change to the scrap metal laws at a meeting of seven departmental Ministers convened by Home Office Crime Prevention Minister Lord Henley and attended by among others Charles Hendry and Lord Taylor of Holbeach as well as Ministers from the Treasury and the Department for Transport.  

Since we held our Parliamentary Summit on 31st June the issue has gathered momentum. Back then the Crime Prevention Minister gave us hope that we would see speedy change to the scrap metal law. We are now calling on the Government to support the Private Members Bill to make the changes we need. Only yesterday the Scottish Justice Minister joined the campaign for change north of the border, ENA had briefed Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing only two weeks ago on the issue.  

ENA have made clear that protecting the plethora of energy infrastructure across the UK from metal theft is an impossible task. There are more than 88,000 pylons and over 430,000 substations in the UK. The cost of security measures for network companies is estimated at £12m per year. Even if this was tripled it will still not prevent metal theft.  

The cost to the public

Deloitte recently estimated that the total estimated cost of the impact of metal theft to the energy networks (direct and indirect) was up to £60m.  

People still dying  

A man attempting to steal copper was severely burned only last week and is currently in a life threatening condition in hospital in Newcastle. In July a 16-year-old boy was killed trying to steal copper from a substation in Leeds.  

The thefts are on the increase and impact across many sectors. Sooner or later an innocent person is going to be injured or worse. Stop that happening by supporting our ENA campaign, sign the e-petition and let’s get the law changed now.  

You can sign the e-petition here: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/21165  

The Private Members Bill will be published on 15th November and will be viewable here: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/#m 


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