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Londoner's attitudes to plastic bags could influence Scotland

A survey of Londoners attitudes to plastic bag use could lead to their ban in Scotland. Nearly 60% of Londoners who took part in the public consultation by London Councils wanted an outright ban on plastic bags. The consultation ran over a period of six weeks and involved more than 2,000 people. It was in response to proposals to introduce a London-wide ban, or levy on plastic bags. Everyone from retailers to environmental bodies were included in the consultation. More than 30% wanted to introduce a levy on plastic bags, which resulted in over 90% wanting to introduce either a levy or an outright ban. Liberal Democrat member of the Scottish Parliament Mike Pringle, who has been campaigning for a plastic bag ban in Scotland believed the survey would help his campaign to stop retailers giving out the bags north of the border. He told MRW: This is the second piece of news that puts the nail in the coffin of the plastic bag. First Marks & Spencer announce they are introducing a charge on their plastic bags and then Londoners decide they want to ban them. The end of the plastic bag is in site. If Parliament goes through the Bill and says yes then I will go to the Scottish National Parliament immediately and ask them Isnt it time you followed suit?. I will push it through to ensure that the plastic bag ban is turned into law. The results of the consultation will be considered by the London Councils Leaders Committee, who will then pass the bill onto the House of Commons. Londoners have clearly signalled that they want action on plastic bags feeling strongly enough to call for an outright ban. I am sure Londons council leaders will listen to their calls before finalising the proposal in the tenth London Local Authorities Bill, said London Councils vice-chair Sean Brennan.

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