§ Mr. Shersby
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will initiate an analysis of the type of litter deposited by members of the public in the hedgerows and ditches and other areas; if he will introduce further preventtive measures; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
Some information is already available on the type of litter deposited by the public and the Government do not plan to instigate a specific study of this matter. We believe that the long term solution to the problem must lie in educating the public not to drop litter. To this end we give financial support to the Keep Britain Tidy Group who offer a systematic litter abatement programme for adoption by local authorities. This recognises that litter is produced from many sources, and can be effectively tackled in the long term only by community co-operation.
The Government believe that the existing legislation provides sufficient back-up to this community approach