said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State, for the Home Department, Whether his attention has been called to the large number of Tradesmen in the Metropolitan parishes fined for the use of false weights and measures; and, whether he does not think it desirable to legislate on the subject without waiting for the Report of the Commission on the standards at present in use?
§ MR. GATHORNE HARDY
said, his attention had only been called to this subject in the same way as had that of the hon. Member—through reports in the proceedings in the public press. He had no special information upon the matter. He did not know whether the hon. Member wished him to legislate for the metropolis alone. That would not, in his opinion, be either an advisable or a politic course, and as there were many places where the standards were not verified sufficiently, it would be better to wait, and to legislate once for all on the subject.