HC Deb 07 March 1957 vol 566 c510
10. Mr. Hunter

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in order to give the benefit of an hour's extra daylight in the evening, what proposals Her Majesty's present Administration have for extending Summer Time to the end of October this year.

Mr. Simon

It would require legislation to make a permanent change in the period of Summer Time, and the Government have decided that the introduction by them of legislation for this purpose would not be justified.

Mr. Hunter

Is the hon. and learned Gentleman aware that his reply will give rise to great dissatisfaction, and that the extra hour for three weeks in October would be a great boon to many people? Is the hon. and learned Gentleman aware that last year the then Home Secretary informed me that he would consider this matter in relation to this year?

Mr. Simon

The former Home Secretary went into this matter following the Question put to him by the hon. Member. It is a fact that there are substantial interests in this country opposed to an alteration in the law.

Mr. Crouch

Is my hon. and learned Friend aware that this extra three weeks will be resented very much by farmers and people living in the countryside? They can get up without gutting the clock on an extra hour.

Mr. Simon

Yes, and it is that sort of consideration which makes this such a controversial matter.