Sir Desmond Swayne a former Tory minister has suggested in the House of Commons that fly-tippers should be “garrotted with their own intestines.”
As he was making his statement the Common erupted with laughter over the suggested they should be strangled.
Sir Desmond was speaking as MPs were being questioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) over fly-tipping.
Sir Desmond said, “The penalties are insufficient. If offenders were garrotted with their own intestines, there’d be fewer of them.”
Environment minister Robbie Moore said, “It’s important that councils have the ability to utilise the increased penalty fines that we are giving them to £1,000.
“And we want as a Government to see those penalties being utilised so that we can drive down fly-tipping in all council areas.”
Moore told the Commons earlier, “I know what a blight litter and fly-tipping can have on local communities, which is why we have provided nearly £1 million to help councils purchase new bins, and almost £1.2 million to combat fly-tipping and a further £1 million will be awarded in the spring.
“And we have more than doubled the maximum fines that councils can issue, with all income from fly-tipping fines to be reinvested in enforcement and cleaning up our streets from April to ensure that councils can invest in cracking down on crime.”