ENA victory over cashless regime for scrap metal dealers

For immediate release – Wednesday 21 March 2012

Energy Networks Association (ENA) are celebrating the victory last night in the House of Lords which saw a new cashless model for scrap metal dealers enshrined in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill. The Lords agreed to the Government amendment without a vote. However, vital changes still need to be made to make the new law work.

 ENA Chief Executive David Smith said:

“This is a historic victory for ENA. We have campaigned for this over many years and at last we have been listened to. However this great victory is marred by the Government still insisting on an exemption for itinerant traders. The exclusion of these ‘rag and bone men’ opens up a dangerous loophole that undermines all the good work that the Government are doing.”

During the debate last night it became clear that the Government have no idea how many itinerant traders there are and it is clear from a survey across the country that the regulation of these dealers is sparse to say the least.

David Smith added:

“With this exemption in place the whole edifice of a cashless regime is being built on the flimsiest of foundations. The exemption must be removed if we are to secure the fruits of the new regime. This is supported by the scrap metal industry itself.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

ENA organised the first Parliamentary Summit on Metal Theft back in June 2011 as well as helping convene and support the All Party Parliamentary Group on Combating Metal Theft that is co-chaired by Chris Kelly MP and Graham Jones MP.

ENA has worked as part of a cross-industry group to raise the profile of the need for a change in the law. BT and Network Rail are also members of this group, which has also grown to include heritage groups and members of the metal recycling industry too.

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

For further information please contact:

Tim Field MCIPR,
Press and Public Affairs Executive
Energy Networks Association
E: [email protected]
T: +44 (0)207 706 5157
M: +44 (0)7725 372 758
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