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Daylight Saving Bill

 

 
 

Contents

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Cross-departmental analysis

2   

Independent commission

3   

Trial period and review

4   

Interpretation

5   

Financial provisions

6   

Short title, commencement and extent

 

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Daylight Saving Bill

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Bill

To

Require the Secretary of State to conduct a cross-departmental analysis of the

potential costs and benefits of advancing time by one hour for all, or part of,

the year; to require the Secretary of State to take certain action in the light of

that analysis; and for connected purposes. 

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and

consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present

Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

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Cross-departmental analysis

(1)   

The Secretary of State must conduct a cross-departmental analysis of the

potential costs and benefits of advancing time by one hour for all, or part, of

the year, including—

(a)   

a breakdown, so far as is possible, of these costs and benefits for

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England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and

(b)   

an assessment of whether the current dates on which summer time

begins and ends are optimal.

(2)   

The analysis must take into account research into the advancing of time by one

hour for all, or part, of the year by such bodies as the Secretary of State thinks

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fit.

(3)   

The Secretary of State must publish the analysis conducted under subsection

(1) before the end of the period of 3 months beginning with the day on which

this Act is passed.

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Independent commission

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(1)   

There shall be an independent Commission (“the Commission”) to assess the

analysis conducted by the Secretary of State under section 1 of this Act.

(2)   

The Commission shall consist of a Chair and no more than 12 other members

appointed by the Secretary of State.

(3)   

The Commission must publish a report before the end of the period of 6

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months beginning with the day on which its members are appointed.

 

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(4)   

The Commission’s report under subsection (3) must—

(a)   

with regard to the advancing of time for all, or part, of the year, make a

specific recommendation on what changes, if any, should be made in

law,

(b)   

with regard to the current dates on which summer time begins and

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ends, make a specific recommendation on potential changes to the

relevant European Union Directive.

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Trial period and review

(1)   

If the Commission concludes that the advancing of time by one hour for all, or

part, of the year would be beneficial to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern

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Ireland, the Secretary of State must make an order bringing the Commission’s

recommendations under section 2(4)(a) into effect for a three-year trial period

(“the Trial”).

(2)   

Not later than six months before the Trial is due to end, the Secretary of State

must review the success of the Trial.

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(3)   

Not later than three months before the end of the Trial period, the Secretary of

State must—

(a)   

lay before Parliament an order to make the provisions of the Trial

permanent,

(b)   

lay before Parliament an order to make other provisions relating to the

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advancing of time by one hour for all, or part, of the year permanent, or

(c)   

make a statement that he or she believes that no draft order under (a)

or (b) is necessary.

(4)   

A statutory instrument containing an order under this section may not be

made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before and approved by a

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resolution of each House of Parliament.

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Interpretation

In this Act—

“cross-departmental” means including every government department,

“publish” includes publication on the internet.

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5       

Financial provisions

There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament

(a)   

any expenditure incurred under or by virtue of this Act by the Secretary of

State, a Minister of the Crown or by a government department, and

(b)   

any increase attributable to this Act in the sums payable under any other Act

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out of money so provided.

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Short title, commencement and extent

(1)   

This Act may be cited as the Daylight Saving Act 2011.

(2)   

This Act comes into force on the day on which it is passed.

(3)   

This Act extends to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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