HC Deb 01 May 1879 vol 245 c1497

asked the President of the Board of Trade, If his attention has been called to an article in the "Daily News" of April 29th, on the subject of the Weights and Measures Act of 1878, which seems calculated to mislead the public as to the meaning and intention of the Act with reference to the bushel measure; and, if he has considered the desirability of making an explanatory statement, or of issuing a memorandum, in addition to that just published on the Motion of the noble Lord the Member for Wigan, which shall remove the doubts which appear to exist on the subject?


Sir, in consequence of the hon. Gentleman's Question. I have referred to the article to which he alludes, and there is one point which appears to require some explanation. I am advised that the old or existing shapes of bushel measures are not repealed, and that there is nothing in the Act to justify local Inspectors interfering in the use of them. I should add, that the bushel measure in the 16th section of the Act is not an Imperial measure, and that there is no Board of Trade standard of it. After this explanation, I think the hon. Gentleman will feel that there is no necessity for the issue of a further memorandum.