Daylight Saving Bill- Update

The Daylight Saving Bill is a Private Members Bill which seeks to provide for the holding of a three year experiment on having a trial of double summer time moved a step forward last night. The Bill passed its Second Reading nearly a year ago despite the fact that at that stage it did not have Government support. Because public money will need to be spent on carrying out the trial a Resolution known as a Money Resolution is required authorising the expenditure of the required money. The significance of passing the Money Resolution is that without it the Bill cannot proceed to the next stage of the Parliament procedure which is the Committee Stage. Usually this will be a formality but in the case of the Daylight Saving Bill it has taken almost a year so it is very significant that at last that hurdle has been overcome and the Bill will now proceed into Committee and it should pass back to the Commons for Report STage and Third Reading early in 2012.

4 thoughts on “Daylight Saving Bill- Update

  1. When I was young in the 70’s, we had a similar experiment with time which failed. I believe this will also. Why?
    The problem will be in the winter months. Five and six o’clock will become seven & eight. This is the coldest part of the day when we will have more ice or fog. Really it will just be hell during the rush hour traffic with accidents similar to the recent M5 crash that cost many lives.
    But I forgot – this is all about money so lives won’t matter will they?

    • Hi, Thanks for your comment.

      I am not sure that this is being put forward as a cost cutting measure. As I mention in my post it is a Private Members Bill and is supported by a range of groupd from across the country and from a variety of different sectors. More information can be found at the Lighter Later website at http://www.lighterlater.org

  2. So are you in support of it David? I think we really would benefit in Bury, as we would minimize the dark Winter nights we now have.

    I get the tram from Bury and use public transport from Tottington a lot coming home from work and it would make such a difference to being safer and secure. Simply by moving an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening, we could cut road accidents and make it safer for children on their way home.

    Hope you will support it David.

    Emma.

    • Dear Emma,

      Thank-you for your comment.

      I voted for this Bill at Second Reading as it is around 40 years or so since the last trial and there is alot of support for a further trial to see what the advantages and disadvantages are across the whole of the UK.

      I understand that in order to change the time system we have to have consent of those parts of the UK where the power to set the time is devolved.

      David

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