HC Deb 21 October 1982 vol 29 c569


Lords amendment: No. 101, after the words last inserted, insert:

"J. Any byelaws relating to the burning of straw or stubble made by a local authority under section 235 of the Local Government Act 1972 (byelaws for good rule and government and suppression of nuisances) may provide that persons contravening the byelaws shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1,000 and, in the case of a continuing offence, a further fine not exceeding £5 for each day during which the offence continues after the conviction thereof; and any such byelaw in force at the coming into force of this section which specifies £200 or any smaller sum as the maximum fine which may be imposed on summary conviction of an offence under any such byelaw shall have effect as if it specified £1,000 instead (but with no change by virtue of this section in the maximum daily fine, if any, for which it provides)."
Mr. Mayhew

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.

Mr. Deputy Speaker

With this it will be convenient to take Lords amendments Nos. 102 and 279.

Mr. Mayhew

It was argued and accepted in the other place that the maximum fine for offences relating to straw and stubble burning should be £1,000 rather than £500 and that the new maximum should be applied directly to existing byelaws, thereby saving local authorities the trouble of having to remake the relevant instruments. This revised new clause and associated amendments give effect to those decisions.

Question put and agreed to.

Lords amendment No. 102 agreed to.

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