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Litter

Volume 227: debated on Monday 28 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what current steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities keep the streets free from litter.

A cleanliness survey carried out by the Tidy Britain Group last year, to measure the impact of the litter control measures introduced in the Environmental Protection Act 1990, showed an average 13 per cent. improvement in cleanliness in the sites surveyed. Most local authorities and other public bodies have responded positively to these new powers and duties with evident improvements to the local environment.However, there are still too many places with serious litter problems and much work still needs to be done. We are committed to reviewing the operation of the litter provisions of the Environmental Protection Act and as part of this process my Department has recently announced its intention to reconvene the litter code of practice advisory group to examine proposals for improvements in this area.