HC Deb 18 March 1970 vol 798 cc370-1
10. Mr. Buchanan-Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received this winter regarding British Standard Time; and when he expects to complete his review of this experiment.

Mr. Buchan

Since 19th June, 1969, when the Government announced their decision to continue with the British Standard Time experiment and to review its effects on the basis of two winters' experience, my right hon. Friend has received representations against the experiment from three local authorities, six organisations and seven individuals. I am unable to say at this stage when the review will be completed, but the matter will be brought before Parliament in good time.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

Would the hon. Gentleman be more specific and say when the results of the review will be announced? Is he aware that in the construction industry B.S.T. has led to an increase in costs and a fall in productivity? Will he bear in mind the interests and representations of this industry in reaching a decision?

Mr. Buchan

We will bear in mind the interests and representations of all industries. There are other factors which the hon. Member might sometimes like to keep in mind, including accident figures, for example. He will be pleased to know that the number of accidents to children has fallen by 9 per cent. in the four relevant hours compared with last year.

Mr. Dewar

Will my right hon. Friend accept that there has been a considerable change in public attitudes to British Standard Time since it has become apparent that the wilder allegations made from the Opposition benches are quite unfounded? Is he aware that the other day Aberdeenshire County Council, reversing an earlier decision, voted for the retention of the present arrangements?

Mr. Buchan

I am aware of both those points. I only wish that the Opposition Front Bench were equally aware of them.