Environment: Chinese Lanterns

House of Lords written question – answered on 29th August 2013.

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Photo of Lord Christopher Lord Christopher Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ban Chinese lanterns; and whether they currently treat such lanterns as litter.

Photo of Lord de Mauley Lord de Mauley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

There have been a number of recent representations to this Department on this issue. We recognise there are concerns about the potential risks posed by sky (Chinese) lanterns, and earlier this year, jointly with the Welsh Government, we commissioned an independent study to identify and assess the impacts and risks associated with them.

Evidence from the report concluded that the contribution of sky lantern debris to overall environmental littering is small or highly localised.

Any future action Government may take will need to be proportionate to the problem and backed by reliable evidence.

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Peter Silverman
Posted on 30 Aug 2013 12:15 pm (Report this annotation)

Surely every sky lantern ends up as litter.
Every launch is therefore an act of littering.
They should therefore be banned.

Peter Silverman
www.cleanhighways.co.uk