Banning Chinese Lanterns Not “Proportionate”, Says Government

23-07-13(1)PICBanning Chinese lanterns account for a “very small” number of incidents, according to Government, which has ruled out a ban, saying it would be disproportionate.

According to The Telegraph, an official spokesman for the Prime Minister said it was necessary to have a “proportionate” response to major accidents, despite calls for the floating lanterns to be banned.

Speaking at his daily lobby briefing, the official spokesman said: “My understanding is that the impact of fires is very small. The Prime Minister’s view is that it’s important that we always ensure the right level, the proportionate response to any particular event and always look at safety matters to make sure at the top of our concerns.”

“The Prime Minister’s view is that it’s important that we always ensure the right level, the proportionate response to any particular event and always look at safety matters to make sure at the top of our concerns”

The comments come after Tim Farron, the Lib Dem president, said ministers should think about banning Chinese lanterns before they cause an “appalling tragedy” that leads to loss of lives.

Farron said Chinese lanterns should be treated as “incendiary devices” after one of them has been blamed for causing a blaze at a recyling plant in Smethwick, which led to £6m of damage.

Some farmers have also long been in favour of a ban, saying that falling lanterns can cause damage to the countryside and harm to animals.

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