Should the clocks turn back?

A Yorkshire MP and road safety campaigners say turning the clocks back is outdated.

Live updates

Charity: Changing clocks will make roads safer

It has been forty five years since Britain experimented with not turning the clocks back in the autumn.

It made for darker mornings, but now the East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight says we shouldn't go back an hour because lighter evenings will reduce traffic accidents.

Helen Halls from road safety charity, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, says a change will make the roads safer.

British Summer Time: The debate relights

A Yorkshire MP has been calling for the end of BST Credit: Keith Bown

The curtain for British Summer Time closes for the year at the weekend. But the debate has reignited over it being scrapped altogether by East Yorkshire MP, Sir Greg Knight.

Debating the effects of turning the clocks back has been a British pastime for more than a century, when the first Daylight Saving Bill was brought before the House of Commons.

During the Second World War the Government moved the clocks forward one hour to help munitions factories maximise productivity and allow people to get home safely before the blackout.

Between 1968 and 1971 the Government carried out the same experiment but was forced to end it after complaints in Scotland and northern England.


Back to top

Latest ITV News reports