Skip to main content


Volume 493: debated on Friday 12 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect on (a) street cleanliness, (b) the welfare of wildlife and (c) the incidence of crime and anti-social behaviour of levels of littering. (278292)

DEFRA funds Keep Britain Tidy (formerly known as ENCAMS) to carry out the annual Local Environment Quality Survey of England which looks at 32 local environmental quality issues, including the most commonly found items of litter discarded on the street and general cleanliness. The results for the seventh survey were published in March 2009 and are available on the Keep Britain Tidy website at

Litter can be harmful to wildlife and some studies have suggested a link between high levels of litter and crime. DEFRA has made no separate assessment of the effects of litter on wildlife or on the incidence of crime and antisocial behaviour.