§ Mr. Grogan
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what proposals he has to introduce legislation for the control of light pollution. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
External lighting may require planning permission, particularly, for example, where installations are substantial and affect the external appearance of a building. Local authorities may also attach conditions to planning permissions for new development which cover the design and operation of lighting systems. These conditions can control the type and siting of light installations, and place restrictions on the spread and duration of light. The guidance, "Lighting in the Countryside: Towards good practice", issued in 1997 jointly by my Department and the Countryside 59W Commission, gives further advice on what can be done to lessen the intrusive effects of lighting schemes. In addition, advice on floodlighting is given in Planning Policy Guidance Note 17, 'Sport and Recreation'. My officials are also in discussion with the DIY industry to identify ways in which their customers might be made more aware of the problems which badly positioned lighting can cause. Our view is that the present combination of planning controls and practical advice is the best way forward and we are not proposing to introduce further legislation in this area.