Oral Answers to Questions — Double Summer-Time.

– in the House of Commons on 11th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

asked the Home Secretary whether he has now decided to extend the period of Double Summer Time this year, with a view to effecting a saving in the consumption of fuel used for lighting purposes?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

As previously stated the question of fuel consumption is one among a number of considerations which have to be carefully weighed. I hope to be in a position to make a statement in the near future.

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

Does not the Minister agree that a speedy decision to extend Double Summer Time would considerably help the propaganda for the voluntary rationing of fuel?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I agree that a decision should be made as early as possible, but what the effect of the decision should be I do not think I ought to say. Other considerations have to be taken into account, including agriculture, which has abided by the present decision very loyally, and the length of darkness in the morning.