§ Mr. Rathbone
asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he has yet received the report, requested from the electricity supply industry last summer, on the possible beneficial effects of extending British summer time from October to April; and whether he will make a statement.
Mr. Norman Lament
The electricity supply industry has further studied the effects of extending British summer time from October to April. Its studies confirm that there could be some reduction in daily peak electricity demand on the system arising from such a change. However, no overall energy savings would be likely to result and the balance of economic advantage is uncertain. The question whether British summer time should be extended does, of course, involve much wider considerations.