Last chance for Lords to see sense on cashless exemption for Steptoe and Son

For immediate release – Monday 26 March 2012

Tomorrow we are calling on all members of the House of Lords to see sense and throw out a clause that would allow itinerant traders to continue buying metal for cash.

David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association (ENA) said:

"The proposed exemption will create a fatal loophole in the Governments cashless measures. That is why we are supporting Lord Faulkner's bid to remove this tomorrow."

He went on to say:

"We are seeing 20 incidents of metal theft a day and one of the most recent was on a £2.5m transformer being deployed for the Olympics. This will take 2 years to replace."

The scrap metal industry have joined our call as the threat of an expansion of the itinerant trade is set to begin to get around the cashless ban.

ENDS

Notes for editors

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

Lord Faulkner of Worcester will seek to remove the exemption at the Third Reading of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill tomorrow (27 March). If this fails then the battle to get the change will continue in the House of Commons in April.

For further information please contact:
Tony Glover
Head of Press and Public Affairs
Energy Networks Association
E: [email protected]
T: +44 (0)207 706 5122
M: +44 (0)7843 518 293
W: www.energynetworks.org
Follow us on Twitter: @EnergyNetworks
Connect with us on LinkedIn