ENA calls on Government to embrace Metal Theft Private Members Bill now

Friday 6 January 2012

Energy Networks Association (ENA) strongly welcomed comments by Home Office Minister Lord Henley on Radio Four’s The Report programme last night that the Government maybe about to give its support to a Private Members Bill to reform to help stop metal theft.

The Minister said “the broad gist” of the Bill being led by Graham Jones MP for Hyndburn “is something we could welcome.”

David Smith Chief Executive of ENA said:

“We have backed Graham’s Bill for some time and helped launch it. We believe it is the perfect vehicle to address all our and the Minister’s key concerns. We do not believe a piecemeal approach to confronting the issue is the best course. We call on the Government to embrace the Bill and deliver the change we need now”

This all comes as a new scheme has been introduced in the North East requiring those selling scrap metal to dealers to produce proof of identity.

David went on to say that:

“Whilst we welcome initiatives like this they will not deliver a solution. Until we have legislation that makes proof of ID mandatory on all scrap metal dealers coupled with an effective licence regime and a cashless system we will not stop this scourge of metal theft.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

Home Office Minister Lord Henley made his comments on Radio 4’s The Report programme. For details please click here.

Details of the Bill are available here.

Details of an e-petition in support of the Metal Theft (Prevention) Bill can be found at - http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/21165

ENA represents the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

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