§ MR. HARWOOD (Bolton)
To ask the Secretary to the Board of Trade whether he is aware that certificates have been refused, without reason assigned, to weighing machines of the British Moneyweight Calculating Scale Company, Limited, many of which had been sold in this country before the passing of the Weights and Measures Act of 1904; and whether he will prevent inspectors from forbidding the use of such scales, when stamped and correct, until a reason has been assigned for the refusal of such certificates and there has been time to go into the matter.
(Answered by Mr. Bonar Law.) Certificates were refused under Section 6 of the Weights and Measures Act, 1904, to weighing machines submitted by the company to which the hon. Member refers, and the company were informed of the grounds of refusal. The question whether machines of the same pattern which were stamped by inspectors of weights and measures before the decision of the Board of Trade can still be lawfully used is one upon which the Board, are now being advised.