HC Deb 16 January 1940 vol 356 cc14-5
21. Mr. Vyvyan Adams

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will now undertake to re-introduce summer-time by 14th February?

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Sir John Anderson)

No, Sir. There would be strong objections from the point of view of agriculture to re-introducing summer-time so soon as the middle of February—particularly in Scotland, where the sun rises later than it does in the south. I have held numerous consultations with a view to determining the most convenient date having regard to the interests affected, and an announcement of the final decision will be made at an early date.

Mr. Adams

Can my right hon. Friend say when that date will be given? Will he remember that although the agricultural community is a vast interest it does not represent the majority of the country, and further remember the enormous number of casualties that have occurred during the black-out hours?

Mr. Macquisten

Is my right hon. Friend also aware that, during the period of summer-time, cows yield 20 to 25 per cent. less milk?

Mr. Barr

Will the right hon. Gentleman remember that in the North of Scotland the sun never sets during a large period of the year?