HC Deb 21 March 1991 vol 188 cc174-5W
Mr. Pawsey

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment further to his answer of 13 March, if he will list the starting and completion dates of litter collection from each section of motorway for the last year for which figures are available; if he will take steps to ensure that embankments and verges are cleared; and whether any prosecutions for littering of motorways have been successful.

Mr. Chope

I have been asked to reply.

Litter collection from motorways is undertaken by the Department's agents in conjunction with other highway maintenance functions. Separate information about starting and finishing dates for litter collection is not available.

The provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, which will come into force on 1 April this year, will require litter clearance to specified standards from highways including embankments and verges.

Records of successful prosecutions for littering do not distinguish motorways from other areas. In 1988" there were 1,607 convictions for littering under the Litter Act 1983, and in 1989 there were 2,174.