Plan unveiled to switch May holiday
The May Day bank holiday could be dropped and replaced by either St George's Day in April or Trafalgar Day in October under new tourism plans the Government has announced.
But a proposal for "double summertime" to bring the UK's clocks into line with Europe's was not in the tourism strategy despite widespread reports that it would be included.
Outlining the strategy, Tourism Minister John Penrose said moving the May Day bank holiday could bring tourism benefits.
Moving it to St George's Day on April 23 would get the tourist season off to an earlier start, while putting it back to the October half term would elongate the tourist season.
The bank holiday around St George's Day could be a "National Day" holiday while the October one could be either a "UK Day" or a national day to commemorate military victories such as Trafalgar.
The Government will consult on any possible changes and on when to introduce them.
There is likely to be no change until 2013.
Asked about the exclusion from the strategy of the clock-change proposal, Mr Penrose said the proposal had been "in then out, then in and then out" of the final published document.
He said it had been decided not to include it as it did not really add to the Government's view that going on to European time was an interesting idea and that any change would not be introduced without the consent of those living in Northern Ireland and Scotland.
A Daylight Saving Private Members Bill is currently going through Parliament which, if successful, would require the Government to look at the benefits of a change to European time.