§ MR. H. FOWLER
asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether, having regard to the great inconvenience caused to the iron trade by the highest standard weight now legalised being 56 pounds, he would cause a new denomination of standard weight equal to 112 pounds, or one hundredweight, to be made and duly verified, in accordance with the provisions of the Weights and Measures Act, 1878?
§ MR. CHAMBERLAIN
Sir, there is a great objection to multiplying legal standards, owing to the cost thereby thrown upon local authorities, who have to obtain copies, and there would also be some inconvenience in having another standard of so nearly the same weight as the cental. In these circumstances the Board of Trade would not, I think, be justified in legalizing a weight of 112 pounds unless there was a general demand for it. At present there has been no such demand, there having been but one application during the last 12 months.