New Scrap Metal legislation will save lives and money

For immediate release - Friday 15 June 2012

Energy Networks Association (ENA) has strongly welcomed the announcement from Richard Ottaway MP that his Private Members Bill will introduce a “robust regime to clamp down on unscrupulous scrap metal dealers.”

Mr Ottaway has outlined his proposals at the LGA’s, Licensing Scrap Metal Dealers conference this morning. His Bill will have government support and MPs and Peers have already expressed their support too.

In recent years, with the increase of metal theft, the energy networks have reached an average peak of 21 incidents every day. There have been dozens of deaths; the most recent fatality of a 16 year old boy was just a few weeks ago and hundreds of serious injuries. Power surges have also caused hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage to electrical appliances in homes and caused fires.

Speaking after Mr Ottaway at the conference, ENA Head of Public Affairs Tony Glover said:

“There has been a long campaign to bring about a change in the law and this is a hugely positive step. Mr Ottaway has shown determination with his bold and essential proposals. He is absolutely right to say that legislation is the only sustainable, long term solution and we look forward to seeing the full details of his Bill next week.

“The levels to which metal theft have risen with the loss of life, the risk to innocent people and the cost to society must be stopped and we are confident that if implemented in full Mr Ottaway’s Bill will give enforcement bodies, police and industries the tools to tackle this dangerous and destructive crime.”

Mr Ottaways, Scrap Metal Dealers Bill will be introduced in the House of Commons on Wednesday next week (20 June) and is expected to include all the measures set out by ENA and other industries. These include:

  • A robust licensing regime that is funded by the industry

  • Stronger Local Authority and Magistrates powers

  • Tougher police powers to tackle those who break the law

  • Strict rules on proof of ID for the seller and the metal


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

For more information on Richard Ottaway’s Bill or to arrange an interview with him you can contact his office on 020 7219 2842.

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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