Written Answers - Time Zone Arrangements

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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  476.  Deputy David Stanton  Information on David Stanton  Zoom on David Stanton   asked the Minister for Justice and Equality  Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter   further to topical issues debate on 26 October 2011, his views on the collapse of the Daylight Savings Bill in the UK earlier this year; the contact, if any, officials from his Department have had with the Bill’s sponsor, Rebecca Harris MP over the past six months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16951/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter  During the course of the topical issue debate of 26 October, 2011 concerning daylight saving I stated that I had no plans at that time to change our current time zone arrangements or to conduct an analysis of extending summer time. I further stated that in considering any potential changes to our current time arrangements we must consider what is happening in the UK, not least because we have the same time arrangements, they are our biggest trading partner and we share a border with Northern Ireland.

I have noted that the UK’s Daylight Saving Bill has fallen and wish to advise the Deputy that my position in relation to this issue remains unchanged i.e. I have no plans at this time to change our current time zone arrangements or to conduct an analysis of extending summer time. Although the Daylight Saving Bill may have fallen officials of my Department and the Department of Foreign Affairs are continuing to keep a close watch on the debate in the UK concerning any potential changes to their time arrangements. Finally, I can inform the Deputy that officials from my Department met with the Daylight Saving Bill’s sponsor, Rebecca Harris, MP in February 2011 but have not done so since then.

  477.  Deputy David Stanton  Information on David Stanton  Zoom on David Stanton   asked the Minister for Justice and Equality  Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter   further to topical issues debate on 26 October 2011, if he or his Department officials have had any discussions with European colleagues in the past six months regarding a possible extension to our summertime, daylight saving, arrangements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16952/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter  I wish to inform the Deputy that neither I nor my Department officials have had any discussions with European colleagues in the past six months regarding possible changes to our current time arrangements.


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