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EXTRA HOUR OF DAYLIGHT RULED OUT BY BRITAIN

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The adoption of European time - giving people living in Britain an extra hour of daylight in the evenings - was rul...
The adoption of European time - giving people living in Britain an extra hour of daylight in the evenings - was ruled out on Friday, reported The Daily Telegraph (24 July, p7).

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'.

He claimed support from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Child Accident Prevention Trust.

Lord Archer cited government estimates that 120 road deaths could be avoided each year by an extra hour's evening daylight in winter.

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