British Summer Time

Scottish Executive Question Time — Europe, External Affairs and Culture – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 16th September 2010.

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Photo of Margaret Mitchell Margaret Mitchell Conservative 2:15 pm, 16th September 2010

To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Culture and External Affairs has made representations to the United Kingdom Government with regard to changing British summer time. (S3O-11294)

Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

I have not written to the UK Government but the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment wrote to the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 8 September to express his concerns that the UK Government is giving consideration to proposals to introduce daylight saving measures.

Photo of Margaret Mitchell Margaret Mitchell Conservative

Will the minister follow up and make representations on her part to the UK Government, given the concerns that my Central Scotland constituents have raised with me about the adverse impacts of such a change on road safety and the safety of children walking to school and about the damaging effects that a change would have on Scottish businesses, particularly those in the agriculture sector?

Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

I am more than happy to do so, but I also point out that the proposal has arisen as a result of a private member's bill by Rebecca Harris, who is a Conservative MP. The bill had its first reading in the UK Parliament in June. As much as the Scottish Government can make its representations, there are cases that can be made within the Conservative party to ensure that the member's colleagues at Westminster are fully aware of the concerns, which I think are shared across the parties in Scotland, about the proposal.