HC Deb 07 February 1845 vol 77 cc211-2
Mr. Wallace

wished to put a question to the right hon. Baronet the Secretary for the Home Department. The right hon. Gentleman was aware that an important decision had been come to in one of the Courts of Scotland with regard to the Weights and Measures Act. The decision affected the general understanding of the administration of the law on that Act in Scotland, and it had caused in particular districts a very great degree of anxiety, not to say disturbance. He begged, therefore, to inquire, whether it was the intention of the right hon. Baronet to take any steps in the matter.

Sir J. Graham

, in answer to the question of the hon. Gentleman, had to state that he was perfectly aware of the decision which had been come to on the subject of the Weights and Measures Act of Scotland, and he was aware that this decision affected a large portion of the community in Scotland. The decision to which the hon. Gentleman referred was the decision of a Judge on circuit—a very elaborate and learned decision, and one entitled to great weight—but still only the decision of a single Judge. The same question which had been brought before this inferior tribunal would shortly be brought before all the Judges in the Court of Justiciary, and before the decision of that tribunal had been given he thought it would be premature to discuss the propriety of any alterations.

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