27. Mr. Folick
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in view of the inevitability of a General Election in the earlier part of next year, if he will fix the starting date for daylight saving as the first of March instead of its usual date.
§ The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Ede)
No, Sir. I cannot accept either the premises or the conclusions of my hon. Friend.
§ Mr. Follick
While making allowance for the ignorance of my right hon. Friend—[Laughter]—is he not aware that it would be a great advantage to all parties if we had this extra hour for canvassing purposes if we do have an election early next year?
§ Mr. David Renton
Would the right hon. Gentleman lighten our darkness to the extent of saying whether the General Election will be within the first three months of next year?
§ Lieut.-Commander Gurney Braithwaite
Cannot the Home Secretary put hon. Members opposite in marginal seats out of their misery?
§ Mr. Baldwin
In view of the fact that we waste more hours of daylight in winter than in summer, will the Home Secretary consider, when thinking of altering the clock, leaving it alone and not playing about with it?