HC Deb 07 December 1900 vol 88 c203
MR. BRIGG (Yorkshire, W.R., Keighley)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in order that the Trade Reports issued by the Foreign Office may be more easily understood and consequently rendered more commercially valuable, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs will request the Consuls and others who furnish Trade Reports to give the amounts contained in those Reports referring to weights, measures, and coinage in their English equivalents.


Instructions were given in 1889 to Her Majesty's Consuls that in every case the equivalents in English money, weights and measures should be used. Exceptions to this rule are occasionally made in case of lengthy tables in well known currency or measure, such as francs or metres. The attention of Her Majesty's Consuls will, however, be again called to the importance of strictly observing the instructions of 1889.