Published: December 5, 2010
Burnham-On-Sea MP backs calls for clocks to change for good

Burnham-On-Sea's MP has this week voted in favour of the UK's clocks being permanently moved forward by an hour.

She supported proposals to permanently move the clocks forward, saying it would save money and lives, generate jobs and boost tourism.

During a debate in parliament on the matter, she said: "In common with many of the tourism and leisure businesses along the Somerset coastline, including the thousands of small bed-and-breakfast businesses, I support the suggested trial of double summertime."

The Daylight Saving Bill, which calls on ministers to carry out a full analysis of the benefits of the move, cleared its first Commons hurdle despite Government opposition. It was given a second reading by 92 votes to 10.

John Penrose, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, said: "This proposal could be tremendously valuable to the tourism industry as a whole, but that is not the only factor to be considered. There are issues for people who live north of border that need to be taken into account as well."

The new legislation would see Britain come in line with Central European Time.

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