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Wind on clocks to create jobs; Putting them forward by an hour would aid our economy says MP.

Byline: MATTHEW GEORGE

PUTTING the clocks forward by an hour would save lives and create jobs in North Wales, MP Albert Owen will argue today.

The Ynys Mn MP is backing a new law for the Government to carry out a detailed review of the costs and benefits of changing our clocks.

Supporters of the Daylight Saving Bill, being discussed in the Commons this morning, say it would save lives on the roads because the evenings would be lighter.

Mr Owen said: "The arguments in favour of clock change are compelling.

"This one simple low-cost policy could bring wide-ranging benefits to the whole of the UK including saving lives on our roads, creating much-needed jobs in the tourism sector and reducing the fear of crime on dark evenings."

Other North Wales MPs back the move, including Arfon's Hywel Williams, who says that tourism would benefit as people would be more likely to be outside.

"After all, it is silly that we sleep during the morning when it is light then turn the lights on when it is dark but we're wide awake," he says.

And Welsh Liberal Democrats are in favour, saying it would reduce the need for artificial lighting, helping the fight against climate change by decreasing the country's CO2 emissions, and cutting electricity bills.

The measure is backed by over 90 groups ranging from the AA, the Football Association and the British Beer and Pub Association to the British Horse Society and Toad Watch.

The Tories favoured the switch before the election, arguing tourism would do much better, and claiming there was little opposition to the change.

Ministers want Wales and Scotland to approve, and will not introduce a trial if there is clear opposition in any part of the UK.

They insist time zones must be the same throughout the UK - ruling out letting Wales go it alone.

But there is opposition, including from the Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, who has tabled amendments to the Bill that would allow Somerset to have its own time, as it did in the 19th century.

He said: "I think it is a pretty silly Bill - if we had an experiment people would find they did not like getting up in the dark, and we tried it once before and it was scrapped pretty quickly."

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