Annette Brooke – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Annette Brooke on 2014-06-12.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to reduce risks to the environment posed by the release of helium balloons.

Dan Rogerson

We recognise there are concerns about the potential risks posed by helium balloons. In 2013, jointly with the Welsh Government, we commissioned an independent study to identify and assess the impacts and risks to livestock and the environment associated with sky lanterns and helium balloons.

Evidence from the report concluded that risk to the environment from helium balloons is small or highly localised.

The report is available at:


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