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Scrap metal bill reaches key stage in the Commons

A radical shake-up of the scrap metal trade could clear a significant hurdle in the House of Commons today - or be killed off.

The Scrap Metal Dealers Bill, published in draft last week, which would overhaul the sector’s regulatory regime, is slated for its second reading in the House of Commons.

As MRW has already reported, new requirements under the bill include introducing paid-for licences for dealers which are subject to vetting by local councils and unlimited fines for breaches of regulations.

The private members’ bill has government backing and cross-party support.

Richard Ottaway

But Richard Ottaway, the Conservative backbench MP, left, who introduced the bill, warned that it could yet be ditched if MPs opted to delay or prevent a vote on the proposal, a practice known as ‘filibustering’.    

Ottaway told MRW he had “no idea” how likely it was that any MPs would attempt to filibuster the bill, but warned that it could not be ruled out.

Ottaway said: “I have heard that one or two MPs - I don’t want to name them - have reservations over the cashless aspect, but I am hoping to persuade them by the force of my argument.”

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