§ 15. Mr. Ellis Smith
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware of the beneficial effect in industrial centres of the long summer evenings and the proposal to spread holidays over a long period, in order not to affect production and so keep as many as possible continuously employed; and will he extend the present summer time until the end of August?
§ The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Herbert Morrison)
While I appreciate the considerations mentioned by my hon. Friend, account must also be taken of the effect of his proposal on early morning workers. If the period of double summer time were extended as proposed, black-out time in the last days of August would not end till about 6.40 a.m. In fixing the period full consideration was given to the effect on various classes of workers and the Government came to the conclusion that extension beyond 10th August would involve disadvantages outweighing the advantages.