Mandatory charge on all single use carrier bags

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-12-19
Session date: 
December 19, 2012
Reference: 
2012/3999
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Can you confirm whether, in your correspondence with Government Ministers to reduce the number of carrier bags in circulation, you have at any time explicitly called for the enactment of powers contained in the Climate Change Act to introduce a mandatory charge on all single use carrier bags? If you have, please provide details of the correspondence.

Answer

Answer for Mandatory charge on all single use carrier bags

Answer for Mandatory charge on all single use carrier bags

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have been very clear to Government that I wish to see them use their powers effectively to find a solution to help minimise plastic bag use.

In January 2012, I wrote to the Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, then Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to urge Ministers to consider how they could use their powers to best reduce the number of these bags in circulation. I followed this up again in June, and, subsequent to the Cabinet reshuffle, I repeated my request to The Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, reminding him that Government are in a unique position to minimise the use of single use plastic bags.

In addition, this issue has been raised Defra officials and senior officers in the Environment Team are frequently engaging with Government on this matter. *