§ MR. CLOUGH, ( Yorkshire W.R., Skipton)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the incorrect tare-weights of waggons used by certain colliery proprietors, which result in coal merchants being supplied with short weight of coal from these companies; and whether, in the interest of honest trading, he will promote legislation so to amend The Weights and Measures Act, 1889, as to secure the more frequent and correct taring of all railway trucks used in the wholesale coal trade.
§ MR. KEARLEY
Yes, Sir, the attention of the Board of Trade has been called to this matter, and my hon. friend's suggestion will be borne in mind when any Amendment of the Weights and Measures Acts is in contemplation, but I fear that the Board of Trade cannot undertake to deal with the question at present.