Dark Skies APPG

First Registered: 24/02/2020 • Last updated on: 10/03/2021

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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.

Note: All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal, cross-party groups formed by MPs and Members of the House of Lords who share a common interest in a particular policy area, region or country. APPGs have no official status within Parliament.

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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. Require councils to add shades to LED street lamps automatically
29/11/2020 - Petitions

Found: these are really bright and affect sleep and dark skies for amateur astronomers.

3. Turn off all non-essential street lighting during the coronavirus lockdown
18/03/2020 - Petitions

Found: and unoccupied buildings so we can all enjoy dark skies over our towns and cities. It might give us all

4. VALUE FOR MONEY AND SWANSEA BAY TIDAL LAGOON
01/11/2017 - Early Day Motions

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

5. HL Bill 20 (as introduced)
29/06/2017 - Bill Documents

Found: Open Skies Agreement (Membership) Bill [HL] 1ABILLTOPromote continued membership of the Open Skies Agreement

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

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

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Dark Skies
1. Russia: Open Skies Treaty
asked by: Lord West of Spithead
01/02/2021
...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.

2. USA: Open Skies Treaty
asked by: Lord Browne of Ladyton
22/05/2020
... how they carry out or participate in such flights; and whether they have plans to acquire a new Open Skies airframe equipped with the latest authenticated sensor technology.

3. USA: Open Skies Treaty
asked by: Lord Browne of Ladyton
30/04/2020
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the strategic importance of the Open Skies Treaty; and what discussions they have had with the government of the United States about their reported intention to leave that treaty.

4. NATO: Open Skies Treaty
asked by: Nicholas Soames
31/10/2019
... what representations he has made to NATO on the importance of continued cooperation under the Open Skies Treaty.

5. USA: Open Skies Treaty
asked by: Nicholas Soames
31/10/2019
... what representations he has made to his US counterpart on the importance of that country's continuing co-operation under the Open Skies Treaty.

Latest Questions
34 Current APPG Officers
Lord Rees of Ludlow Portrait
Lord Rees of Ludlow
Co-Chair
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
Peter Bottomley Portrait
Peter Bottomley
Vice Chair
Conservative - Worthing West
Joined: 24th February 2020
Lord Carrington Portrait
Lord Carrington
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Excepted Hereditary
Joined: 7th August 2020
Alberto Costa Portrait
Alberto Costa
Vice Chair
Conservative - South Leicestershire
Joined: 10th March 2021
Iain Duncan Smith Portrait
Iain Duncan Smith
Vice Chair
Conservative - Chingford and Woodford Green
Joined: 10th March 2021
1 APPG Membership
Gambling Related Harm
Philip Dunne Portrait
Philip Dunne
Vice Chair
Conservative - Ludlow
Joined: 24th February 2020
Marcus Fysh Portrait
Marcus Fysh
Vice Chair
Conservative - Yeovil
Joined: 10th March 2021
Lord Grantchester Portrait
Lord Grantchester
Vice Chair
Labour - Excepted Hereditary
Joined: 7th August 2020
1 APPG Membership
Hydrogen
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
Bob Seely Portrait
Bob Seely
Vice Chair
Conservative - Isle of Wight
Joined: 10th March 2021
Greg Smith Portrait
Greg Smith
Vice Chair
Conservative - Buckingham
Joined: 24th February 2020
None Portrait
Lord Steel of Aikwood
Vice Chair
Joined: 24th February 2020
Lord Taylor of Holbeach Portrait
Lord Taylor of Holbeach
Vice Chair
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 24th February 2020
Lord Vaux of Harrowden Portrait
Lord Vaux of Harrowden
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Excepted Hereditary
Joined: 7th August 2020
1 APPG Membership
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
Lord Stunell Portrait
Lord Stunell
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - Life peer
Joined: 24th February 2020
Departed: 27th January 2021
Anne-Marie Trevelyan Portrait
Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Vice Chair
Conservative - Berwick-upon-Tweed
Joined: 24th February 2020
Departed: 27th January 2021
2 APPG Memberships
Armed Forces Covenant , Microplastics
Ranil Jayawardena Portrait
Ranil Jayawardena
Vice Chair
Conservative - North East Hampshire
Joined: 24th February 2020
Departed: 7th August 2020
No other APPG Memberships