Balloons and Sky Lanterns: Environment

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the environmental effect of the intentional release of helium-filled balloons and sky lanterns.

Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he plans to take to ensure that intentional releases of helium-filled balloons and sky lanterns do not negatively affect marine and terrestrial life.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

An independent study commissioned by Defra and the Welsh Government published in 2013 to identify and assess the impacts and risks associated with sky lanterns and helium balloons concluded that any risks arising from their use to animal health, or their impact on the environment were insignificant, and reported that voluntary action and initiatives have been shown to be effective.

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