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Volume 171: debated on Wednesday 25 April 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what action he is taking against fly-tipping.

The new duty of care in the Environmental Protection Bill will place a legal duty on producers and other holders of waste to take measures to prevent illegal disposal and to secure the transfer of waste only to authorised persons. They will also be required to keep records of waste consignments. These measures. in combination with the compulsory register of waste carriers introduced by the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989, will greatly assist the deterrence, detection and prosecution of fly-tippers. In addition, local authorities will be empowered to impound vehicles suspected of fly-tipping until someone comes forward entitled to reclaim them, and the person in a position to control the use of a vehicle will become responsible for fly-tipping offences committed using that vehicle.