HC Deb 09 October 1945 vol 414 c8
8. Captain Gammans

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what is the estimated additional consumption of fuel due to the fact that street and domestic lighting will have to be turned on one hour earlier each day after the abolition of summer time.

Mr. Shinwell

The hon. Member will appreciate that with the abolition of summer time lights will be turned out one hour earlier in the morning. On the whole, however, there will be some additional consumption because there is greater activity in the evening than in the morning hours affected, but I cannot give any definite figure.

Captain Gammans

Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that the first part of his answer certainly does not refer to October and the beginning of November—it may be to December and January—and does he not feel that every effort should be made to save coal at a time when a lot of people will not have any coal at all this winter?

Mr. Shinwell

I would not like to agree with the hon. and gallant Gentleman that a lot of people will not have coal this winter.