Oral Answers to Questions — Double Summer-Time.

– in the House of Commons on 23rd July 1942.

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Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty

asked the Home Secretary whether he will consider extending the present summer-time arrangement till the end of September and not take the hour off on 8th August as suggested?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

No, Sir. I would refer my right hon. Friend to the answer which I gave on 18th June last to a Question by the hon. Member for Cheltenham (Mr. Lipson).

Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty

Can my right hon. Friend say who advises him in these matters, as the people with whom I get into touch are all unanimous that it ought to be extended?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I do not know that anybody particularly advises me, because it is not a matter in which my Department is departmentally interested. It is a question on which all points of view must be considered and various Departments of State consulted. The general consensus of opinion was that this should not be extended. One of the factors is the interest of agriculture, which is not unimportant in this matter.