§ Mr. Patrick McNair-Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is satisfied with the working of the current anti-litter legislation; and if he will publish details of the number of prosecutions and convictions under the present law for the years 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1977.
§ Mr. Marks
It is doubtful to what extent more rigorous enforcement of the anti-litter legislation could help us to keep down litter although there may well482W be scope for making more use of it to deal with special problems.
Prosecutions and convictions under the Acts from 1973 onwards are as follows:
Persons prosecuted Persons convicted 1973 2,672 2,531 1974 2,279 2,157 1975 1,999 1,909 1976 2,170 2,065
Figures for 1977 are not yet available.