HC Deb 28 July 1982 vol 28 cc1145-6
Mr. John MacKay

I beg to move amendment No. 90, in page 26, line 18, leave out 'is altered' and insert 'or of any article which is made of the metal is altered so as to make it substantially less identifiable than before the process,'. In Committee, hon. Members expressed concern about the definition of the word "processing". We had an interesting debate on the subject, as the hon. Member for Glasgow, Garscadden (Mr. Dewar) remembers.

The amendment provides that "processing" shall be widened to ensure that the metal remains in the form and shape in which it is acquired—that is, it will he in a recognisable state. As I recall from the debate in Committee, we discussed dismantling a car down to its piston rings at one stage. It is argued that processing would not cover that dismantling or the breaking up of a car, as this would not necessarily affect the composition or form of the metal. The amendment avoids that risk in response to doubts expressed in Committee about the foolproofness of the Bill.

Amendment agreed to.

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