At Home Office questions I was able to ask the Minister of State for Police and Fire, Brandon Lewis MP, when the Government was planning on responding to its consultation on metal theft legislation.
As you will remember in 2011-12 there was a epidemic of metal thefts up and down the country. Criminals were stealing lead of church roofs, signal cabling from train lines and cooper wire from telephone exchanges. This was costing churches, commuters, individuals and businesses time and money. The Government introduced an Act to strengthen the law surrounding the sale of scrap metal and it is important that we check its progress to see if it is working.
The Government undertook a public consultation on metal thefts and we are still waiting for their response. The Minister merely said, in response to my question, that he would report to the House in due time. I will give the Minister some extra time to prepare a full and thorough response, but I will be watching closely to see if any undue delay takes place.