Tim Yeo said, " According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents moving the clocks forward in this way would save over one hundred lives every year by cutting the number of road accidents.
"Recent research from Cambridge University suggests it would also save energy by reducing demand for electricity and thereby address the threat of climate change by cutting carbon emissions.
"It is ten years since the House of Commons considered this subject. I hope that Parliament will now approve a simple change which will benefit everyone by creating a safer and greener country."
The Bill will allow separate votes in the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland Assembly to decide if the change should apply in those parts of the United Kingdom.
The full text of the Bill, whose sponsors are drawn from all three main parties, will be published early in the New Year. Second Reading is scheduled for January 26th.ENDS
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Although Tim Yeo is introducing a Bill, there is enormous support for a trial and is likely to be supported by a number of interested organisations, notably, the Local Authority Road Safety Officers' Association. David Frost, LARSOA spokesman, said:
"The government says it is committed to reducing deaths and serious injuries on the roads by 40% by 2010. Introducing single/double summer time could go a long way towards reaching this target, but the government refuses to take this option seriously."
Additional supporting evidence:
· A trial of single/double summer time (SDST) would involve clocks staying on British Summer Time throughout the winter, and going forward in the spring by one hour. This would take us to GMT+2. Clocks would then go back in the autumn as usual, but would be an hour further forward than presently.
· According to RoSPA the effects of clocks going back in October are greatest for the most vulnerable road users. In 2004, pedestrian deaths rose from 56 in October to 76 in November and 78 in December (RoSPA Single/Double Summer Time position paper, updated October 2005).
· A 1998 report commissioned by the government used two different methodologies to predict whether there would be casualty savings by switching to SDST. It concluded that there would be around 450 fewer deaths and serious injuries and between 104 and 138 fewer deaths (Broughton and Stone, "A New Assessment of the Likely Effects on Road Accidents of Adopting SDST).
· The Policy Studies Institute estimates that SDST would increase tourist related earnings by £1billion, which would consequently increase employment in tourism and related industries. Income from tourism represents 6% of this country's GDP. They also estimate savings on consumers' electricity bills of £260million.
The Local Government Association backs a trial for the following reasons:
As well as increasing road safety, the LGA says shifting the clocks forward would also have a number of social, economic and environmental benefits including:
* A reduction of energy consumption to help meet carbon emissions targets
* An extended tourist season that would bring in an estimated £1bn extra each year
* A greater exposure to daylight, increasing general health and well-being
* Increased opportunities for leisure activities
· A nationwide experiment was conducted in 1968-71 but the road environment, the amount of cars and people's travel habits have changed hugely since then.
· A You Gov survey for Days Inn hotels revealed today (27th Oct) that the majority of people (54%) support the change to single/double summertime.
Tim Yeo MP
Tim Yeo MP (Conservative, South Suffolk) was Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment from 2004-05, Shadow Minister for Health and Education in 2003-04 and also shadow Secretary of State for Trade, Industry and Energy from 2003-04. He was Minister of State for the Environment and Countryside in the last Conservative Government and is current chairman of the Environmental Audit Committee.