New Clause 11 — Time

Part of Financial Services (Regulation of Derivatives) – in the House of Commons at 8:45 pm on 15th March 2011.

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Photo of Mark Lazarowicz Mark Lazarowicz Shadow Minister (International Development) 8:45 pm, 15th March 2011

I am not sure why the hon. Gentleman has changed his position from the one that he took in the debate on 26 January 2007 on the Energy Saving (Daylight) Bill, when he said:

“Unfortunately, we cannot go down the two time zones route. . . We cannot have two different time zones in the UK.”

When pressed by some amazed MPs, the hon. Gentleman repeated that

“we cannot operate two time zones”.—[Hansard, 26 January 2007; Vol. 455, c. 1733.]

He said a third time in that debate that he could not support two time zones in the UK, but his new clause would allow precisely that. I wonder why he has changed his position.