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article imageCameron thinks moving UK clocks forward year round may be best

By Lynn Curwin     Aug 12, 2010 in Lifestyle
UK Prime Minister David Cameron thinks it may be a good idea to move clocks forward year round to provide more daylight in the evenings, but some people are concerned that it would mean children travelling to school in the dark.
While many MPs are in favour of having British Summer Time hours throughout the year, there is opposition in some areas – especially in north Scotland.
MPs have previously attempted to make the change without success.
“We certainly will look at it,” the Daily Mail reported the prime minister as saying, while answering questions at an event in the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Hyde Park. “I've followed this debate for many years in the 1990s. I think the argument will be won when people across the country feel comfortable with the change.”
He said that the UK would not be divided into separate time zones.
“We are a United Kingdom. I want us to have a united time zone. It's up to those who want to make the change to make the argument to try to convince people right across the country that it's a good thing.
“People who like taking part in sporting activity and would like longer days are already quite easy to sway. That's the key to winning this argument.”
Rebecca Harris, the Tory MP for Castle Point, has tabled a private members bill on the issue.
One person who is not impressed with the suggested change is Angus MacNeil, SNP MP for the Western Isles.
“Plunging Dundee into darkness to boost tourism in Torquay is simply not acceptable and would make a mockery of Mr Cameron’s Respect Agenda,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.
“There are alternatives which would balance the interests of all who share these Islands – including setting Daylight Savings Time closer to midwinter or encouraging people down south to get up earlier to enjoy the morning sunshine.”
Cameron also said the government wants to remove obstacles which deter tourists, such as slow trains, visa services and customs at Heathrow.
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