Daylight Saving Bill — Clause 1 — Report To Consider Advancing Summer Time Only — 20 Jan 2012 at 11:44

The majority of MPs voted against restricting consideration of changes to time in the UK to "advancing the period of summer time in the UK by an hour", as opposed to advancing time by an hour throughout the year. The debate showed there was lack of clarity as to what the effect of the rejected amendment would have been.

MPs were considering the Daylight Saving Bill[1]. The amendment rejected in this vote was:

  • Amendment 59, page 1, line 3, leave out
  • ‘the time for general purposes’
  • and insert
  • ‘the period of summer time (within the meaning of the Summer Time Act 1972)’.

Had it not been rejected this would have taken effect on Clause 1 of the Bill[2] which at the time of the vote stated:

  • Report to be prepared on advancing time
  • (1) The Secretary of State must prepare a report on the potential costs and benefits of advancing the time for general purposes in the United Kingdom by one hour.
  • (2) In preparing the report the Secretary of State must have regard to the different interests of persons in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • (3) In this Act “the report" means the report required to be prepared under this section.

If the amendment had been accepted subclause (1) would have become:

  • (1) The Secretary of State must prepare a report on the potential costs and benefits of advancing the period of summer time (within the meaning of the Summer Time Act 1972) in the United Kingdom by one hour.

The Summer Time Act 1972 states summer time is one hour in advance of Greenwich mean time. The period of summer time is defined in that act as the period beginning at one o’clock, Greenwich mean time, in the morning of the last Sunday in March and ending at one o’clock, Greenwich mean time, in the morning of the last Sunday in October.[3]

Advancing the "period" of summer time by one hour as the amendment literally refers to would mean considering delaying the onset of summer time by an hour and continuing it for an hour after it would otherwise have ceased. Such an advance in the "period" would have relatively little consequence and was probably not what was intended to be referred to.

During the debate Christopher Chope MP (Christchurch, Conservative), who moved the amendment, stated:[4]

My amendment 59, which would confine the experiment to extending British summer time by 1 hour rather than interfering with Greenwich meantime in the winter, would address the area that has the greatest potential benefit and which is most likely to increase the number of jobs.

It appears from that his intention was actually to limit the scope of the report to making British summer time two hours ahead of GMT, rather than the current one, and not to consider also advancing GMT by an hour.

Edward Davey MP (Kingston and Surbiton, Liberal Democrat) interpreted the amendment in a different way, he thought it related to extending the period of the year over which summer time applies stating[5]:

  • I should like to speak to the lead amendment in this group, amendment 59, which seeks to turn the Bill into a summer time extension Bill by changing the dates on which summer time ends

The mover of the motion sought to respond but Edward Davey would not allow him to[6].


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Peter BoneWellingboroughContellaye
Christopher ChopeChristchurchContellaye
Therese CoffeySuffolk CoastalConaye
Philip DaviesShipleyConaye
Jackie Doyle-PriceThurrockConaye
Mark FieldCities of London and WestminsterConaye
Matthew OffordHendonConaye
Jacob Rees-MoggNorth East SomersetConaye
Iain StewartMilton Keynes SouthConaye
Adam AfriyieWindsorConno
Peter AldousWaveneyConno
Gregory BarkerBexhill and BattleConno
Peter BottomleyWorthing WestConno
Karen BradleyStaffordshire MoorlandsContellno
Angie BrayEaling Central and ActonConno
Steve BrineWinchesterConno
Fiona BruceCongletonConno
Robert BucklandSouth SwindonConno
Simon BurnsChelmsfordConno
Damian CollinsFolkestone and HytheConno
Oliver ColvilePlymouth, Sutton and DevonportConno
Jane EllisonBatterseaConno
Tobias EllwoodBournemouth EastConno
Charlie ElphickeDoverConno
Michael FabricantLichfieldConno
Roger GaleNorth ThanetConno
David GaukeSouth West HertfordshireConno
John GlenSalisburyConno
Zac GoldsmithRichmond ParkConno
Ben GummerIpswichConno
Robert HalfonHarlowConno
Stephen HammondWimbledonConno
Greg HandsChelsea and FulhamConno
Rebecca HarrisCastle PointConno
Alan HaselhurstSaffron WaldenConno
Oliver HealdNorth East HertfordshireConno
Nick HerbertArundel and South DownsConno
George HollingberyMeon ValleyConno
Philip HolloboneKetteringConno
Andrew JonesHarrogate and KnaresboroughConno
Simon KirbyBrighton, KemptownConno
Greg KnightEast YorkshireContellno
Kwasi KwartengSpelthorneConno
Phillip LeeBracknellConno
Charlotte LeslieBristol North WestConno
David LidingtonAylesburyConno
Jack LoprestiFilton and Bradley StokeConno
Mary MacleodBrentford and IsleworthConno
Stephen MetcalfeSouth Basildon and East ThurrockConno
Penny MordauntPortsmouth NorthConno
David MorrisMorecambe and LunesdaleConno
Bob NeillBromley and ChislehurstConno
Sarah NewtonTruro and FalmouthConno
Caroline NokesRomsey and Southampton NorthConno
David NuttallBury NorthConno
Stephen O'BrienEddisburyConno
Richard OttawayCroydon SouthConno
Mark PawseyRugbyConno
Mike PenningHemel HempsteadConno
John PenroseWeston-Super-MareConno
Claire PerryDevizesConno
Stephen PhillipsSleaford and North HykehamConno
John RandallUxbridge and South RuislipConno
David RutleyMacclesfieldConno
Laura SandysSouth ThanetConno
Bob StewartBeckenhamConno
Robert SymsPooleConno
David TredinnickBosworthConno
Shailesh VaraNorth West CambridgeshireConno
Martin VickersCleethorpesConno
Theresa VilliersChipping BarnetConno
Mike WeatherleyHoveConno
Heather WheelerSouth DerbyshireConno
Chris WhiteWarwick and LeamingtonConno
John WhittingdaleMaldonConno
Tim YeoSouth SuffolkConno
Caroline LucasBrighton, PavilionGreenno
Heidi AlexanderLewisham EastLabno
Hugh BayleyYork CentralLabno
Stuart BellMiddlesbroughLabno
Clive BettsSheffield South EastLabno
Roberta Blackman-WoodsCity of DurhamLabno
Paul BlomfieldSheffield CentralLabno
Ben BradshawExeterLabno
Chris BryantRhonddaLabno
Karen BuckWestminster NorthLabno
Jon CruddasDagenham and RainhamLabno
John CryerLeyton and WansteadLabno
Thomas DochertyDunfermline and West FifeLabno
Jim DowdLewisham West and PengeLabno
Mike GapesIlford SouthLabno
Roger GodsiffBirmingham, Hall GreenLabno
Tom GreatrexRutherglen and Hamilton WestLabno
Tom HarrisGlasgow SouthLabno
David HeyesAshton-under-LyneLabno
Julie HillingBolton WestLabno
Margaret HodgeBarkingLabno
Glenda JacksonHampstead and KilburnLabno
Dan JarvisBarnsley CentralLabno
Graham JonesHyndburnLabno
Tessa JowellDulwich and West NorwoodLabno
Gerald KaufmanManchester, GortonLabno
Mark LazarowiczEdinburgh North and LeithLabno
Kerry McCarthyBristol EastLabno
John Martin McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabno
Alun MichaelCardiff South and PenarthLabno
Meg MunnSheffield, HeeleyLabno
Ian MurrayEdinburgh SouthLabno
Albert OwenYnys MônLabno
Steve PoundEaling NorthLabno
Joan RuddockLewisham, DeptfordLabno
Barry SheermanHuddersfieldLabno
Andrew SlaughterHammersmithLabno
Andrew SmithOxford EastLabno
Mark TamiAlyn and DeesideLabno
Valerie VazWalsall SouthLabno
Joan WalleyStoke-on-Trent NorthLabno
Alan WhiteheadSouthampton, TestLabno
Tom BrakeCarshalton and WallingtonLDemno
Annette BrookeMid Dorset and North PooleLDemno
Edward DaveyKingston and SurbitonLDemno
Don FosterBathLDemno
David HeathSomerton and FromeLDemno
Simon HughesBermondsey and Old SouthwarkLDemno
Christopher HuhneEastleighLDemno
Julian HuppertCambridgeLDemno
John LeechManchester, WithingtonLDemno
Stephen LloydEastbourneLDemno
Tessa MuntWellsLDemno
Alan ReidArgyll and ButeLDemno
Adrian SandersTorbayLDemno
Steve WebbThornbury and YateLDemno
Stewart HosieDundee EastSNPaye
Angus MacNeilNa h-Eileanan an IarSNPaye
Eilidh WhitefordBanff and BuchanSNPaye

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