I normally spend Fridays in the constituency but today I am in Westminster to support the Daylight Saving Bill, a Private Member's Bill being introduced by my colleague Rebecca Harris.
The Bill would require the Government to carry out a cost-benefit analysis of putting the clocks forward by one hour, better aligning daylight with the period when most of us are awake. There is evidence that this would:
- help the leisure and tourism industries, creating up to 80,000 jobs;
- prevent 100 deaths and hundreds of serious injuries a year on our roads by making it lighter during the afternoon/evening rush hour;
- reduce fear of crime;
- save energy asnd thereby reduce CO2 emissions by reducing lighting requirements; and
- make us healthier both by encouraging exercise and reducing the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
If the Government's analysis confirmed these benefits then there would be a three year trial.
I am pleased to say that the Bill was given a Second Reading, which means it will now be considered in detail by a committee of MPs. If you're interested, you can read more about the benefits here.