Last year, more than 1 billion plastic bags were issued free of charge to shoppers in Britain, and I share the views of 1,400 of my constituents who have signed a petition asking for action to be taken drastically to reduce the number of bags. The petition reads as follows:
To the House of Commons
The Petition of Councillor Ruth Potter of City of York Council and the people of York,
Declares that the petitioners support a plastic bag free City of York and calls upon the Council to achieve this aim.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to introduce legislation to ban or tax single use plastic bags.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.