Date lodged: 21 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what the impact will be of the ban on cash payments for scrap metal on smaller metal dealers and how it will monitor this.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 10 August 2016
Metal theft is a severe problem in Scotland. That is why we included, in the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015, provisions to tighten up the controls on the metal dealer licensing regime.
There was widespread support for the ban on cash payments. Which in order to be fully effective needs to apply to all metal dealers.
Following extensive awareness raising, the bulk of the metal dealer provisions in the 2015 Act, including the ban on cash transactions, will come into force on 1 September 2016.
The 2015 Act also provides Scottish Ministers the power to establish a national register of metal dealers and itinerant metal dealers via secondary legislation which will allow us to monitor metal dealer numbers. The Scottish Government is currently considering this.