Dark Skies APPG

First Registered: 24/02/2020 • Last updated on: 27/01/2021

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To highlight the importance of preserving our ability to see a dark sky at night; promote the adoption of dark sky friendly lighting and planning policies; protect existing UK Dark Sky reserves and support potential new reserves; and collaborate with overseas groups such as the International Dark Sky Association.

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Recent Documents related to Dark Skies

1. Cornwall's dark sky status
28/11/2017 - Parliamentary Research

Found: PACK Number CDP 2017/0241, 28 November 2017 Dark skies in Cornwall By Georgina Hutton, Nikki Sutherland

2. Artificial light in the environment
01/11/2019 - Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
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Found: Glare: The excessive contrast between bright and dark areas in the ˜eld of view. Light trespas s: Unwanted

01/11/2017 - Early Day Motions

Found: Beauty, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, dark skies, an archaeological site and, in particular, the

4. An approach to seascape sensitivity assessment (MMO1204)
15/07/2020 - Marine Management Organisation (MMO)
- View source

Found: movement, presence of man - made structures, dark skies/ lighting, noise. Naturalness / Wildness

5. National Parks: 8-point plan for England (2016 to 2020)
08/04/2016 - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- View source

Found: Projects such as the Northumberland National Park ‚Dark Skies™ initiative can keep businesses open and viable

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Dark Skies

1. Dark Skies
14/12/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: country here this evening, representing their own dark sky places and reserves. It is an immense privilege - Speech Link
2: air in every breath, wildlife aplenty and lovely dark nights to sleep through. I am very supportive of - Speech Link
3: single biggest contributor.Finally, our dark skies are increasingly an economic activity on which - Speech Link
4: proud to be the only dark sky reserve in Wales and the fifth international dark sky reserve in the world - Speech Link

2. Dark Sky Status (Cornwall)
29/11/2017 - Westminster Hall

1: That this House has considered Cornwall’s dark skies status.It is a pleasure to serve under - Speech Link

3. South Downs National Park: 10th Anniversary
12/01/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: take the points he made—but he did not mention dark skies, which I was surprised at. Did he leave something - Speech Link
2: will allow me, I will be very happy to mention dark skies. As she knows, I hosted an Adjournment debate - Speech Link
3: recently. The South Downs is now famed for its dark skies. Given that it has so many people living near - Speech Link

4. Alexei Navalny
21/01/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: the City of London is still acting as a haven for dark money connected to human rights abuses in Russia - Speech Link

5. Housing Developments: West Sussex
07/09/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: we should acknowledge the special quality of dark skies and use the next draft of the national planning - Speech Link

6. Avro Vulcan XH558
21/07/2015 - Westminster Hall

1: not be denied the chance to see XH558 take to the skies again. Step forward a nuclear physicist and IT company - Speech Link
2: Dave Thomas and Barry Masefield took XH558 to the skies once more, where she has been the star of the air - Speech Link
3: that another generation might witness it in the skies over the UK. I met several of those volunteers at - Speech Link
4: and that we will not be able to spot it in the skies of the nation that it served and protected so diligently - Speech Link

7. Open Skies Agreement (Membership) Bill [HL]
26/01/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: Kingdom’s retention of the open skies agreement following EU withdrawal. Open skies is one of a suite of aviation-related - Speech Link
2: Kingdom and the United States; prior to the open skies agreement there were the two Bermuda agreements - Speech Link

8. RAF Centenary
26/11/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: protected Baltic skies over the Black sea and it will soon be over Icelandic skies. It is all about protecting - Speech Link
2: Force continuously stands vigilant to protect our skies here in the United Kingdom, but it is also taking - Speech Link
3: defending our skies and dealing with these threats. That sense of protecting our skies has been a theme - Speech Link
4: is always right, and the RAF is protecting our skies from potential threats. That is the right thing - Speech Link
5: teams, who are in constant readiness to protect our skies.The RAF has a distinguished past, and we - Speech Link
6: Bomber Command, many of whom flew on their own in the dark at night, despite being part of large formations - Speech Link
7: the country; it fought valiantly, defending our skies and our shores from invasion.I want to talk - Speech Link

9. Coventry Blitz: 80th Anniversary
11/11/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: the daylight skies from German aggression in the battle of Britain.In the skies at night, it was - Speech Link

10. Air Force (Constitution) Act 1917
23/11/2017 - Westminster Hall

1: from countries all over the world, defended the skies over Britain in their Spitfires, Hurricanes, Blenheims - Speech Link
2: Farnborough air show but had never got into the skies in one, so I had the accolade of being the first - Speech Link
3: childhood was spent looking up to the Shropshire skies and seeing the aircraft training, and visiting the - Speech Link
4: tank. They were certainly not going to look at the skies and say, “We really need something else,” yet when - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Dark Skies
1. Lighting
asked by: Helen Goodman
... what steps her Department is taking to encourage local authorities to tackle light pollution and help protect dark skies in their areas.

2. Lighting: Pollution Control
asked by: Helen Goodman
... whether she plans to include measures to protect and improve England's dark skies in the Government's 25-year plan for the natural environment.

3. USA: Air Transport Agreements
asked by: Lord West of Spithead
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remain a member of the EU–US Open Skies Agreement.

4. Russia: Open Skies Treaty
asked by: Lord West of Spithead
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Russia about its plans to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty.

5. USA: Open Skies Treaty
asked by: Nicholas Soames
... what representations he has made to his US counterpart on the Open Skies Treaty.

Latest Questions
21 Current APPG Officers
Andrew Griffith Portrait
Andrew Griffith
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - Arundel and South Downs
Joined: 24th February 2020
Lord Rees of Ludlow Portrait
Lord Rees of Ludlow
Crossbench - Life peer
Joined: 24th February 2020
1 APPG Membership
Future Generations
Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville Portrait
Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - Life peer
Joined: 24th February 2020
Graham Brady Portrait
Graham Brady
Vice Chair
Conservative - Altrincham and Sale West
Joined: 24th February 2020
Lord Carrington Portrait
Lord Carrington
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Excepted Hereditary
Joined: 7th August 2020
Philip Dunne Portrait
Philip Dunne
Vice Chair
Conservative - Ludlow
Joined: 24th February 2020
4 APPG Memberships
Bahrain , Diabetes , Rural Services , Water
Lord Grantchester Portrait
Lord Grantchester
Vice Chair
Labour - Excepted Hereditary
Joined: 7th August 2020
1 APPG Membership
Fay Jones Portrait
Fay Jones
Vice Chair
Conservative - Brecon and Radnorshire
Joined: 24th February 2020
Lord Judd Portrait
Lord Judd
Vice Chair
Labour - Life peer
Joined: 24th February 2020
1 APPG Membership
Tidy Britain
Greg Smith Portrait
Greg Smith
Vice Chair
Conservative - Buckingham
Joined: 24th February 2020
Lord Stunell Portrait
Lord Stunell
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - Life peer
Joined: 24th February 2020
3 APPG Memberships
Antisemitism , Archaeology , Infrastructure
Lord Taylor of Holbeach Portrait
Lord Taylor of Holbeach
Vice Chair
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 24th February 2020
Anne-Marie Trevelyan Portrait
Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Vice Chair
Conservative - Berwick-upon-Tweed
Joined: 24th February 2020
1 APPG Membership
Lord Vaux of Harrowden Portrait
Lord Vaux of Harrowden
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Excepted Hereditary
Joined: 7th August 2020
2 APPG Memberships
Blockchain , Financial Technology
John Whittingdale Portrait
John Whittingdale
Vice Chair
Conservative - Maldon
Joined: 24th February 2020
James Wild Portrait
James Wild
Vice Chair
Conservative - North West Norfolk
Joined: 24th February 2020
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Andrew Griffith MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 0207 219 4557.

Email: Andrew@GriffithMP.com

Public Enquiry Point:

Chris Cook, Office of Andrew Griffith MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 8682

Email: chris.cook@parliament.uk

No benefits in kind are on record for the Dark Skies APPG

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Dark Skies APPG

Former APPG Officers
Ranil Jayawardena Portrait
Ranil Jayawardena
Vice Chair
Conservative - North East Hampshire
Joined: 24th February 2020
Departed: 7th August 2020
No other APPG Memberships