Victims of metal theft disappointed as Government blocks Private Members Bill

For immediate release – Friday 20 January 2012

Efforts to stop the scourge of metal theft were dealt a serious blow today with the Government’s blocking of the Metal Theft (Prevention) Bill. The Bill, designed to put in place a range of measures to reform the scrap metal industry, was objected to by the Government Whips.

Energy Networks Association Chief Executive David Smith said:

“We are disappointed at the Government’s decision. Opposition to these changes is nothing less than a gift to criminals. We have always said that the problem required a comprehensive solution, something the Bill provided for.

“We now look to the Government to set out their proposals urgently, as every delay increases the risk that an innocent life will be lost.”

The Bill has cross-party support in both Houses of Parliament and from businesses and charities across the country. It is now highly unlikely that a set of comprehensive measures will be introduced in time for the Olympics.

ENDS

Notes to editors

The full text 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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