HC Deb 12 February 1908 vol 184 cc155-6

Order for the Second Reading read.

*MR. R. PEARCE (Staffordshire, Leek)

in moving the Second Reading said that the object of the Bill was to promote the earlier use of daylight in the summer. It was not necessary for him to praise the early morning when the morning stars sang together with joy and all the poets from then till now had praised it. The late Thomas Moore, who lived in the Leek Division, had said no doubt with reference to this Bill— Give me back the wild sweetness of morning, its smiles and its tears are worth evening's best light. He had explained the very provisions of this Bill prophetically when he said— … the best of all ways To lengthen our days Is to steal a few hours from the night. He took it for granted that the advantage of using the early hours of the morning for all purposes of work and play could not be questioned by anybody.

And, it being Eleven o'clock the debate stood adjourned.

Adjourned at Two minutes after Eleven o'clock.