LONDON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The British government is considering moving clocks ahead one hour year-round as an energy saving measure, officials said Friday.
A proposed amendment to a bill on daylight saving would propose a review followed by a possible three-year trial for Central European time, The Guardian reported. The change would have to be approved by Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to become permanent.
The change would put Britain in the same time zone as most of western Europe, with winter time an hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and summer time 2 hours ahead.
Prime Minister David Cameron supports the plan but says England will not make the change on its own. Opposition is strong in Scotland, where the move would mean dark mornings in the winter with summer sunlight until late evening.
Business Secretary Edward Davey said the country should not "rush headfirst" into a time change because it would affect the entire country.
"It is only right that we at least look at what the potential economic and social benefits of any change might be," he said. "Lower road deaths, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and improved health have all been argued over the years as possible benefits."