The Government is considering supporing the proposal to shift clocks forward by one hour throughout the year, which is billed as a way to help boost leisure and tourism industries. A statement from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) today said the Government is considering supporting the Daylight Savings Private Members Bill from Conservative MP Rebecca Harris and implementing it in a trial period. The Tourism Alliance says that the tourism and leisure sector would benefit by up to £3.5bn per annum, with the creation of 80,000 additional jobs, by the move to extend daylight hours. However, there would be a number of hurdles to overcome before the plan, which would mean the end of the twice-yearly clock changes, goes ahead. BIS wants to amend the Bill to say it must consult the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland about a trial, which would last three years. “The Government would not expect to introduce a trial if there was clear opposition in any part of the UK,” BIS said. The Bill requires the Government 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. Under BIS’s proposed amendments, an independent commission must be set up to monitor the success of any trial. Legislation to make the change may then be introduced in Parliament following the commission’s report. The Bill is expected to reach the Committee stage in the House of Commons next month. Business Minister Edward Davey said: “This is an issue which affects everyone across the country so we cannot rush head first into this. As the Prime Minister has made clear we would need consensus from the devolved administrations if any change were to take place. We have therefore tabled amendments to the current Bill to make sure that it addresses these concerns. “It is only right that we at least look at what the potential economic and social benefits of any change might be. Lower road deaths, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and improved health have all been argued over the years as possible benefits. If there is strong evidence to support this then we should at least see what the possible benefits are.” The clocks go back one hour this Sunday (30 October), marking the end of British Summer Time.