ENA welcomes Minister's support for scrap metal law changes

Thursday 5 January 2012

Hearing Lord Henley’s comments on measures to tackle metal theft this morning (Thursday), Energy Networks Association (ENA) Chief Executive David Smith said:

“We welcome the Minister’s comments today as a significant step in the right direction. A package of tough measures is required to crack down on this dangerous and disruptive epidemic. A cashless system is a critical element and those opposed to it lack convincing arguments.

“The provisions set out in the Private Members Bill by Graham Jones MP would deliver a comprehensive blow to criminals and we urge the Government to support them in full. We also support Lord Faulkner’s amendment to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill to create a cashless system and increased sentencing.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

Home Office Minister Lord Henley made his comments on the Radio 4 Today Programme and details can be read here.
Details of the Bill are available here.

Details of an e-petition in support of the Metal Theft (Prevention) Bill can be found here

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

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