MPs halt plans for London bag ban

01 February, 2008

A proposal to allow councils in London to ban shops from giving out free plastic bags has been blocked by MPs.

A proposal to allow London councils to ban shops from giving out free plastic bags has been blocked by MPs.

Three MPs opposed the second reading of the London Local Authorities (Shopping Bags) Bill on Wednesday, preventing it from happening until a debate with the whole House has taken place.

Seven petitions were presented against the Bill, including one by the Association of Convenience Stores and the British Retail Consortium.

The two retail groups said giving councils the legal power to stop shops giving away or selling plastic bags would create an “army of council bag-ban enforcers” who would be able to randomnly target shops and issue fines.

They also think such a move would affect impulse purchases.

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