Bishop wel­comes new law to crack down on scrap metal deal­ers

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THE BISHOP of Ex­eter has wel­comed new leg­is­la­tion that tight­ens up the laws gov­ern­ing scrap metal deal­ers.

The back­bench Scrap Metal Deal­ers Bill, which is go­ing through the House of Lords, builds on moves taken last year.

Since De­cem­ber deal­ers have been banned from us­ing cash to buy metal, but the new leg­is­la­tion closes a loop­hole that ex­cluded itin­er­ant traders.

For the Government, Earl At­tlee had urged mem­bers of the House to back an amend­ment that would have put a five year ex­piry date on the leg­is­la­tion, but peers voted by 89 to 31 to re­ject the move ar­gu­ing it would cre­ate un­cer­tainty.

Speak­ing against the so-called sun­set pro­vi­sion, Bishop Michael Lan­gr­ish said: “Small coun­try churches and churches in ur­ban ar­eas, which of­ten have small, very poor con­gre­ga­tions, find them­selves at the fore­front of th­ese metal thefts over and over again, and then they find them­selves hard-pressed to get the in­surance cover that they need.

“If th­ese amend­ments go through, the devel­op­ment will be viewed with great alarm and great dis­tress by many peo­ple in small churches up and down the coun­try.”

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