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Daylight-Saving Time (UK)

What's the UK time now?

See: BritishSummerTime.co.uk

When will British Summer Time (BST) be in force?

"Britain was the first nation to adopt daylight saving schemes in 1908.
Some people believe the pragmatically minded British did it to make economy on candles." TASS, Moscow

2012

Sunday 25 March 01:00 GMT - Sunday 28 October 01:00 GMT (02:00 BST)

REMEMBER:

Spring FORWARD

Fall (Autumn) BACK

The Summer Time Act 1972 originally defined the period of British Summer Time to start at 2 am (GMT) on the morning of the day after the third Saturday in March or, if that was Easter Day, the day after the second Saturday. It was to end at 2 am (GMT) on the day after the fourth Saturday in October.

The duration of British Summer Time (BST) can be varied by Order of Council and in recent years has been changed so as to bring the date of the start of Summer Time into line with that used in Europe. So Summer time is now in force from the last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in October.

British Summer Time Rules

(from UK Government - Department of Trade & Industry - DTi)

Summer-time periods begin and end respectively on the following dates at 1.00am Greenwich Mean Time:

the last Sundays of March and October

Since 1981 EC Directives have prescribed the start and end dates of summer time in all Member States.  There have to date been eight Directives which have set summer-time arrangements for fixed periods. The Summer Time Act 1972 sets the appropriate dates in the UK and summer-time orders have been made as necessary to implement the European Directives. The 9th EC Directive prescribes the start and end dates of summer time as the last Sundays in March and October respectively. These dates are in line with those already operating in the United Kingdom. The 9th Directive provides that these start and end dates should apply indefinitely.

Implementation of the 9th Directive in the UK is through an Order in Council under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972, which amended the relevant sections of the Summer Time Act 1972. The Order came into force on 11 March 2002. A Regulatory Impact Assessment and Transposition Note were produced in conjunction with the laying of the Order.

Proposals have been made from time to time about changing the UK's time zone to Central European Time. However, any changes would need to have full regard to the effect on business and transport links with other countries, on health and safety issues such as road traffic accidents, and on social and community life. Although there could be some advantages, adoption of Central European Time in the UK would result in later sunrise in winter, affecting particularly outdoor workers and people in the north of England and Scotland. There are no current plans to change the UK’s time zone.
 

In 2002 an order was made to link UK summer time to Europe permanently. Please note that this means that the clocks will change over the Easter weekend if it happens to fall on the last Sunday in March.  Clocks were historically not been changed at Easter.

See: The Summer Time Order 2002

All changes to be at 1 am GMT. 

Source: Royal Observatory Greenwich

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