HC Deb 19 April 1917 vol 92 c1802
14. Mr. DILLON

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether his attention has been called to the confusion and inconvenience which has been caused by the application of summer time to Ireland; and what steps the Government propose to take to deal with the situation?


asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether, in view of the protests against the renewal of the Summer Time Act in Ireland this year, superimposed on the Greenwich time, as tending to prove disastrous to the tillage and harvesting operations in the country, he will take action to have the operation of the Act suspended in Ireland from the beginning of May next?


I have seen in the Irish newspapers reports that in various parts of the country people are keeping their clocks at the old time. This is not forbidden by the Summer Time Act, but it no doubt causes some confusion. I cannot see that there is any insuperable difficulty in adjusting working arrangements so that the new time should have a fair trial. At present I have no information which seems to me to necessitate any proposal to the House for new legislation.


In view of that reply, I beg to give notice that I shall raise this question, which is extremely urgent, and causes the greatest possible discontent in Ireland, on the Adjournment to-night.