§ Mr. Giles Shaw
It is for individual local authorities to determine, within their overall budgets, the resources they allocate to carrying out their street cleaning responsibilities. Education and persuasion of the public not to drop litter is the key to solving the problem of littering. In this respect I recommend to the House the work of the Keep Britain Tidy Group, which we actively support. In particular, I commend the Keep Britain Tidy system for adoption by local authorities.
§ Mr. Ogden
Will the Minister now try to give a positive and enthusiastic reply? Does he agree that too many of our roads, streets and public places are tatty at best and too often downright filthy? Is it not time that an Environment Minister started a "Spring-clean Britain" operation to encourage those who want to take care of their environment to respect and take pride in it and to discourage those who think that the only place to dump their garbage or litter is down on the big hook?
§ Mr. Shaw
I accept the hon. Gentleman's view that it is high time we motivated people to take more care of and have more pride in their communities. For that reason the Keep Britain Tidy Group has launched the "Beautiful Britain '83" campaign, and I am currently reviewing the central funds with which we support the group, because I commend its activities and would seek ways of increasing them.
§ Mr. Neubert
Is my hon. Friend aware that among the worst examples of littering in Romford are cars parked on verges and excrement parked on pavements? Can he promise any higher priority to those problems?
§ Mr. Shaw
It does not surprise me to hear that. It is inevitable that many people will take a view such as the hon. Gentleman has expressed. It is equally inevitable that most councils which have changed to privatisation have shown substantial savings for their ratepayers and a greatly improved service.