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MPs raise waste crime at Westminster

Calls for MPs to debate waste crime have been rebuffed by the leader of the House of Commons.

During Parliamentary session on 8 March, Amanda Milling, Conservative MP for Cannock Chase, referred to two recent high-profile waste fires in Staffordshire, one of which was an illegal site near Rugeley.

“This has been a horrendous experience for local residents, and the fire service has faced significant costs in managing these incidents during the past six months,” she told MPs.

“The dumping of illegal waste is a problem not just in Staffordshire. May we have a debate in Government time on this increasingly national issue?”

Later, Craig Tacey, a fellow Tory MP from North Warwickshire, referred to “the huge increase” in fly-tipping across North Warwickshire and Bedworth.

“A recent episode near the village of Austrey led to an entire road being blocked by the rubbish deposited on it,” he said.

“The clear-up costs for just one council are estimated at £650,000, so may we have an urgent debate on this issue to see what more can be done to protect our countryside from this terrible scourge, which sadly seems to be on the increase across the country as a whole?”

But leader of the house, David Liddington, told Milling she had raised an important point on behalf of her constituents but “I cannot offer an immediate debate in Government time”.

He advised that she might find an opportunity through other Parliamentary means.

Liddington told Tacey: “Many of us will have experience of what my hon. friend rightly terms this ‘scourge’ in our constituencies, and he is right to speak out today.

“Where fly-tipping involves hazardous waste or organised crime, the Environment Agency has a role to play, so he might want to make representations to it.

”The Government last year gave councils the power to issue fixed penalty notices for small-scale fly-tipping incidents, and his local council might wish to explore that.”

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