HL Deb 20 January 2005 vol 668 c128WA
Baroness Byford

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Whitty on 10 January (WA 17), whether they will undertake a review to establish why, out of 17,216 incidents of fly-tipping in 2000 to 2003, prosecutions were carried out in only 992 cases. [HL737]

Lord Whitty

The Environment Agency has an enforcement and prosecutions policy that sets out the general principles which the agency follows to ensure that preventive or remedial action is taken to protect the environment or to secure compliance with the regulatory system governing waste.

Local authority prosecutions are a matter for individual local authorities to decide upon. Defra has funded the agency to develop the local authority capacity programme to develop and improve local authority enforcement skills.