HC Deb 14 June 1956 vol 554 cc745-6
21. Mr. J. E. B. Hill

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many, and which, local authorities have made anti-litter byelaws under the Local Government Act, 1933.

Major Lloyd-George

Anti-litter bye-laws have been made under Section 249 of the Local Government Act, 1933, by the councils of 59 counties, 58 county boroughs and 223 non-county boroughs, and under Section 146 of the London Government Act, 1939, by 25 metropolitan borough councils. I will send my hon. Friend a list of the local authorities concerned.

22. Mr. J. E. B. Hill

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the number of prosecutions brought and convictions secured by local authorities for litter offences in each of the last three years.

Major Lloyd-George

I regret that this information is not available.

Mr. Hill

In view of the great cost of clearing up litter and the widespread feeling among local authorities and their associations that the present powers are not providing an effective sanction against the really troublesome offender, will my right hen. and gallant Friend please consider in future calling for statistics of litter prosecutions and convictions so that we may have some firm basis on which to hose criticisms and recommendations?

Major Lloyd-George

I should not like to make a promise on that, because I visualise that it would be a very difficult matter to collect the information, as there are well over 350 of these local authorities. I will certainly look into the matter.