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Energy Efficiency

Part of Bills Presented – in the House of Commons at 5:08 pm on 30th June 2010.

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Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood Conservative, Bournemouth East 5:08 pm, 30th June 2010

I will take your guidance, Mr Deputy Speaker, and focus on how daylight saving is very energy-efficient. I will not cover the reduction in crime or the increase in international trade that it would bring, although they are important, or health and well-being, although they are also worth considering.

It is worth my mentioning Scotland, though, and the possible efficiency savings there. With daylight saving, in the Glasgow-Edinburgh conurbation there would be 83 more daylight hours before 4 pm and 5 pm, 120 more between 4 pm and 6 pm and 165 more between 4 pm and 7 pm. The numbers would be larger for the rest of the UK. It is a very simple move that would not cost the Government a penny to implement, other than to put the necessary legislation through. It would align us with our European colleagues, which would mean that we would become more efficient from a business perspective as well, so I recommend it.

I understand that there is finally a private Member's Bill on the matter, so I am the warm-up act for my hon. Friend Rebecca Harris, who I understand will introduce Second Reading on-

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