§ MR. GOURLEY
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will be good enough to state the result of his communications with the Northumberland County Council relative to the infringement of the provisions of Section 13 of "The Weights and Measures Act, 1889," in the manufacture and stamping of glass measures, and in consequence of which manufacturers in the neighbouring County of Durham are subjected to serious pecuniary loss; and whether, if the Northumberland County Council cannot be compelled to regulate their procedure with the Act, he will make an Order dispensing with its provisions for other counties, or that all manufacturers shall be allowed to stamp the measures, and receive payment for the use of machinery on terms similar to those now in vogue in Northumberland?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. MUNDELLA,) Sheffield, Brightside
Inquiry has been made on the spot, by my direction, as to the circumstances of the case referred to by my hon. Friend. The Report raises some difficult questions, which are now under consideration, and as to which legal advice is necessary.