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Litter: North-East

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fixed penalty notices have been issued for litter-dropping in (a) Wirral West constituency and (b) Merseyside in the last 18 months; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the issue of fixed penalty notices on littering in urban areas. (212980)

DEFRA collects data on the number of fixed penalty notices issued for litter-dropping by each local authority in England. The table contains statistics on the number of fixed penalty notices issued and reported by each local authority in Merseyside.

Local authority

April 2005 to March 2006

April 2006 to March 2007

Knowsley

72

21

Liverpool

100

757

Sefton

0

0

St. Helens

0

4

Wirral

151

1

1 No data.

A full breakdown of the available data can be found on the DEFRA website.

DEFRA has not carried out a direct assessment of the impact of fixed penalty notices on instances of littering.

Local authorities in England have the power to issue fixed penalty notices for littering offences, or can choose to take a prosecution. English local authorities issued 43,624 fixed penalty notices for littering offences in 2006-07 compared to 33,033 in 2005-06, the payment rate was 77.1 per cent. in 2006-07 compared to 54 per cent. in 2005-06, and 233 local authorities made use of the powers to issue fixed penalty notices in 2006-07 compared to 197 in 2005-06. Local authorities have a variety of tools available to them to make local assessments as part of their cleansing and enforcement strategies, including data sources such as the national indicator on cleanliness, the Local Environmental Quality Survey of England and the extended Local Environmental Quality Survey of England.