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Time to change the clocks
03/12/2010 14:47:00

 
 

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.

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Readers' Comments

On 08/12/2010 22:30:00 Paul Ogier wrote:
It may be 'time to change the clocks' but when will it be time to honour your pre-election and election campaign about 'restoring trust in politics' and put your diary on-line? I have made 7 private e-mail requests since your election and despite your replies there is still no apparent action. Please honour your pledge to your electors with a 'metric' about when this will happen - or is it like the Liberal Democrats 'pledge' on tuition fees - so eroding trust in politics and further making some Conservative politicians indistinguishable from some Liberal Democratic politicians.
 
On 13/01/2011 15:24:00 Gavin Barwell wrote:
Paul

It will happen in the next week or so. At the same time, I will also be honouring my promise to publish my expense claims - and making some other improvements to this website.

 
 

 

 

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