Driffield’s’s MP, Sir Greg Knight, has called for the scrapping of the existing practice of putting the clocks back each winter and has urged the government to move Britain’s time zone forward by one hour.
Sir Greg’s calls are backed by road safety campaigners and by Tourism bosses.Sir Greg said: “May we have a debate on making better use of natural resources, particularly daylight? Is the Deputy Leader of the House aware that this weekend we are to undertake the flawed ritual of putting our clocks back by one hour, thereby plunging the UK into darkness by mid-afternoon? May we have the opportunity to examine the case for changing to British summer time and double summer time—putting our clocks forward an hour? That would make the afternoons lighter, it would reduce the number of road accidents and it would boost tourism”.
Replying, Deputy Commons Leader Tom Brake MP accepted Sir Greg’s argument and admitted that the Government were ‘in favour of making better use of daylight’, but did not announce any timescale to debate the matter further.
Sir Greg said afterwards, “Whilst the Minister appears to accept the strength of the case I made, sadly today he did not reveal any plans for progressing policy on the issue. I will continue to press for change”.