A group of companies and industries serving millions of people across the UK is delighted by the successful third reading of MP Richard Ottaway's Private Members Bill. The bill will help put a stop to the huge distress, economic damage and loss of life, caused by metal theft.
A Stevenage firm has helped rescue a proposed new anti-metal theft law that MPs threatened to vote against...
The Scrap Metal Dealers Bill is nearing the final stage of becoming law but 2 MPs' opposition to it meant it might not go through to the next stage.
A new licensing regime for the scrap metal trade could be in force by February after proposed reforms passed a crucial stage in Parliament.
But new regulations could revised in five years after ministers were forced to make concessions to Tory rebels to ensure the survival of the Scrap Metal Dealers Bill.
Richard Ottaway MP (Con) who is leading the Government-backed bill through Parliament, asked ministers to introduce a so-called 'sunset clause' in a compromise with two MPs it was feared could kill the bill.
Ottaway told MRW the compromise meant the new laws could be reviewed and amended if necessary five years after coming into force. "But my gut instinct is we've got all the basics right in the bill and it will just be fine-tuning."
After working with industry and government for over a year, Alchemy Metals are delighted that changes to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act which will come into effect on December 3rd, 2012, to prohibit scrap metal merchants from paying cash for scrap metal.
The only acceptable methods of payment will be electronic payment or payment by cheque in order that the transaction will be linked to a readily identifiable account for both the payee and payer.
The minister was first taken to Alchemy Metals in Stevenage, a metal merchant that has worked in partnership with the police to combat metal theft in the county. It was the first metal merchant in the UK to use an audit trail, which requests extra forms of identification from its customers, including full photo identification, passport or driving licence and current proof of address. Hertfordshire Police have also had recent success with Operation Devon, a six-month covert investigation into the sale of stolen metal to scrap dealers.