another attempt to change the clocks in the UK

Peter Ilieve peter at
Wed Jun 9 12:53:02 UTC 2004

The summer silly season is almost upon us, and here in the UK some
MPs' thoughts are turning again to fiddling with the clocks. Yesterday
(8 June) Nigel Beard MP introduced his Lighter Evenings Bill under
what is called the ten minute rule. This would advance the clocks
in England and Wales by one hour, still keeping summer time. 
The Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly could
make a similar decision for their areas. One of the supporters
of this Bill appears to be our old friend John Butterfill (now
Sir John Butterfill), who has proposed his own Bill in the past.

You can see the Commons order of business that includes this at
and you can read Nigel Beard's speech in Hansard at

I haven't found the text of the Bill itself yet. It will probably
turn up on the Parliament website next week.

Ten minute rule Bills have almost no chance of becoming law, so we
don't have to worry too much about this yet.

		Peter Ilieve		peter at

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