HC Deb 02 March 1893 vol 9 cc799-800
MR. SHAW-STEWART (Renfrew, E.)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that since the passing of "The Weighing of Cattle Act, 1891," some auctioneers are erecting within their cattle marts weighbridges with automatic dials, the smallest divi- sions of which show only quarters of hundredweight, so that the weight of cattle cannot be ascertained to a pound; and if he will ascertain whether Inspectors of Weights and Measures can accurately apply the test for sensitiveness on a dial weighbridge of which the smallest division marks 28 lbs., whereas under No. 55 of the "Model Regulations, 1890," the test is that 2 lbs. should move the finger of a 2-ton weighbridge?


I was not aware until I saw the Notice Paper of the particulars referred to in the first portion of the question of the hon. Member. It does not rest with the Board of Trade to approve the form of weighbridge to be used in cattle markets, but it has been brought to their notice that one or two Inspectors have not sufficiently applied the test for sensitiveness under the Model Regulations, and the Department are in communication with the Inspectors on the subject.