Sir B. STAINER
asked the Home Secretary the reason why summer time this year has been made from the first Sunday in April to the first Sunday in October, whereas the Committee which sat on this subject in 1917 proposed that the period should be from the second Sunday in April to the second Sunday in September, and if he is aware of the agricultural diffi- 1330W culties it creates in carrying it on to so late a date in the year?
§ Mr. SHORTT
The Committee suggested that summer time should end on the third and not the second Sunday in September, and they also said, "The general view appears to be that the period … should be approximately from the beginning of April to the end of September.' The information before me does not show that the termination of summer time on 2nd October instead of on a slightly earlier date causes any substantial difficulties to the agricultural section of the community, and I think the dates fixed command general approval. In fixing these dates one of the considerations was the desirability of reducing as far as possible the periods during which summer time operates in France before and after the dates adopted for this country.