Wednesday, 1 February 2012
John Whelan (Labour)
I welcome that there is a multi-agency and cross-departmental response on this issue. I await publication of the forum's plan. I welcome also that the Department of Justice and Equality and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government continue to examine what additional measures or strengthening legislation might be necessary to curb what is not a casual matter but a highly organised and orchestrated offence. I welcome that, as stated by the Minister of State, the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government is reviewing its traceability provisions in respect of the transaction and trade in scrap and precious metals, which will assist greatly in bringing this matter under control.