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212. Deputy James Browne asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the European Union issues that arise with regard to the duration of summer time from March to October; if it is possible to extend summer time to run from February to November; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13154/16]

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Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Deputy may be aware that the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality considered the matters raised by the Brighter Evenings Bill 2012, including public submissions on this issue, and submitted a report to me recommending that the proposal be kept under review. The Committee was impressed by the benefits of introducing summer time for a longer portion of the year in the event of any future review of European legislation.
Having considered the Committee's report, and noted the recommendations made, my Department will continue to keep the matters raised in the Brighter Evenings Bill under review, including the changing of our time zone arrangements for a trial period as a joint venture with the United Kingdom.
My Department will also keep under review the idea of extending the period of summer time, currently from the last Sunday of March to the last Sunday of October each year, bearing in mind member states' EU-wide obligations in this regard. Question No. 213 answered with Question No. 107.