§ MR. ARNOLD-FORSTER (Belfast, W.)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury, whether it is the intention of the Government to introduce during the present Session a Bill legalising the use of the metric system of weights and measures in all transactions in the United Kingdom; and, if so, whether, in view of the fact that the compulsory adoption of the system has been enforced without difficulty and with complete success in France, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Italy, Japan, and many other countries, he will introduce into such Bill compulsory provisions to take effect within a given period?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY
said that he had already informed the House that he did not see his way to introducing a Measure this Session which would have the effect of changing our whole system of weights and measures. It would be unjust to compel people to adopt a system of weights and measures which was not desired.