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Scrap Metal Dealers Bill

Justice Minister Jeremy Browne introduced several new clauses to the Scrap Metal Dealers Bill, following the committee stage, on 9 November 2012.

The Scrap Metal Dealers Bill seeks to give local authorities powers to licence scrap metal dealers and carry out inspections. Local authorities would be able to refuse or revoke a licence from an unsuitable dealer.

Local authorities would also be able to charge fees for licensing to help cover costs.

The new clauses would require a scrap metal dealer to clearly display their licence to operate and to produce proof of metals disposed of, as well as metals received.

The minister said he did not expect the new clauses to increase the burden on scrap metal dealers, saying they already had to gather most of the required information.

The new clauses were supported by Labour. Shadow justice minister David Hanson said the bill would address the concerns of constituents distressed by thefts from war memorials and churches.

Amendments tabled by Conservative MPs Christopher Chope and Philip Davies were discussed but later withdrawn, as both MPs stated they wished to see the bill pass.

MPs passed the bill at third reading and it will now go to the House of Lords for consideration.

If made law, the bill would apply in England and Wales.

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