Lord Burlison, government spokesman in the lords, said the adoption of central European time, operated by mainland European Union countries, would amount to a significant change and the government did not think there was enough consensus to justify it.
He also ruled out government support for a private member's Bill introduced by Lord Archer, calling for Scotland and Wales to be able to decide their own time zones. He said it would not be in the best interests of Britain.
But Lord Archer said that it would be popular in London. His Time Zones and Summer Time (Devolution) Bill will not become law because of lack of parliamentary time, but Lord Archer said: 'I intend to bring this back again and again'.
Lord Archer cited government estimates that 120 road deaths could be avoided each year by an extra hour's evening daylight in winter.