Energy Networks celebrate as Lords fast track new metal theft legislation

For immediate release – Monday 21 January 2013

Energy Networks Association (ENA) has applauded the efforts of MPs and Peers as the Scrap Metal Dealers Bill has been voted through the House of Lords on Friday (18 January) and will soon receive Royal Ascent.

The Bill originated as a Private Members Bill from Richard Ottaway MP and thanks to the efforts of Lord Faulkner and Baroness Browning it was steered through the House of Lords without delay.

ENA Chief Executive David Smith said:

“This is a great result for those affected industries and organisations that have been campaigning for a change for many years. Replacing the outdated laws will deal a firm blow to the criminals who have plagued our national infrastructure, memorials and heritage.”

Speaking from the perspective of the scrap metal industry, Nicola Guest of Alchemy Metals, said:

“This is a wonderful result, from an industry perspective the sooner the better. The new legislation will allow companies such as ours to thrive and hopefully give all involved the powers to combat metal theft once and for all.”


ENA has been part of a cross-industry, cross-sector group campaigning for a change in the law. This group has included BT, Network Rail, Church of England, War Memorials Trust and many more. ENA also provides secretariat support for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Combating Metal Theft.

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,
Head of Press and Public Affairs
Energy Networks Association
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T: +44 (0)207 706 5157
M: +44 (0)7725 372 758

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