Zac Goldsmith to light up parliamentary committee

Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith has taken on a new role.

The environmentally-astute Mr Goldsmith will take up a position on the committee scrutinising the Daylight Saving Bill.

The committees will make suggestions as to how the bill can be improved ahead of the parliamentary report presentation stage.

The bill will look at the costs and benefits of advancing the UK’s clocks by one hour for all or part of the year.

Mr Goldsmith said: “This is an exciting bill.

“It will cost little to implement and will massively improve the quality of life for millions of people. According to polls, it is overwhelmingly popular with a majority of UK citizens.

“Now that the review is likely to take place, we will be able to judge for ourselves, based on the facts.”

For more details about the bill, visit lighterlater.org/benefits.html.

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2:00pm Sun 11 Dec 11

Teddington Resident says...

Well done to Mr Goldsmith for taking this matter up. Here in the south east we have for too long put up with dark winter afternoons notionally to satisfy the need of Scottish farmers for relatively early daylight. Farmer in Norway manage where there is little day light at all so I'm sure Scottish ones can adjust and learn from their expertise.

There is no reason why the majority of people in this country who live in the south east should consider the wishes of Scottish farmers!
Well done to Mr Goldsmith for taking this matter up. Here in the south east we have for too long put up with dark winter afternoons notionally to satisfy the need of Scottish farmers for relatively early daylight. Farmer in Norway manage where there is little day light at all so I'm sure Scottish ones can adjust and learn from their expertise. There is no reason why the majority of people in this country who live in the south east should consider the wishes of Scottish farmers! Teddington Resident
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10:59pm Thu 15 Dec 11

Dellon says...

He must aim not to be London-centric, and should travel the country, because such a proposal would not just have opposition in Scotland.

Already by Manchester it is dark for 20 minutes longer than in London at this time of year, so today the sunrise was at 8.20 am. That's hard for school children and commuters generally. Conversely, it is lighter in the evenings in the summer - also by about 20 minutes. So the new times will mean sunset at 10.40 pm which can mean insomnia for many, especially young children.
He must aim not to be London-centric, and should travel the country, because such a proposal would not just have opposition in Scotland. Already by Manchester it is dark for 20 minutes longer than in London at this time of year, so today the sunrise was at 8.20 am. That's hard for school children and commuters generally. Conversely, it is lighter in the evenings in the summer - also by about 20 minutes. So the new times will mean sunset at 10.40 pm which can mean insomnia for many, especially young children. Dellon
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