There has been official confirmation from the Home Office that the commencement order for the new Act has been signed by the Minister. The order (SI 2013 No.1966 (C.83)) is expected to be published tomorrow.
The Home Office has also officially confirmed the transitional arrangements will be included in the commencement order as follows;
The LGA has today produced a guide to implementing the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013. It covers information relevant to dealing with applications for licences from October 2013, and sets out the timetable for the transition to the new regime introducec by the 2013 Act.
This week Licensing Resources reported that the transitional arrangements for the new Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 will permit currently registered scrap metal dealers to be issued with a temporary licence if they apply to their local authority before the 31st of August.
Whilst we await the statutory guidance from the Home Office, bits of information about the implementation of the new Scrap Metal Dealers Act is emerging. Please note that whilst the information below has been received from a reliable source it is still subject to the statutory guidance not yet issued.
The Scrap Metal Dealers Bill received Royal Assent on the 28th of February 2013.
The Private Members' Bill had its third reading in the House of Lords on the 12th of February 2013. No amendments were made and it was confirmed yesterday that the Bill received Royal Assent to become an Act.