HC Deb 22 March 1907 vol 171 c1269

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if it is within his knowledge that the French Minister of Commerce and Labour sent out, on the 11th of last April, a circular addressed to all Chambers of Commerce in France, as well as to all inspectors of weights and measures, deploring his inability to induce many trades and industries to use the French metrical system, pointing out the uselessness of further compulsion and asking for help in an effort to persuade the people to obey the so-called compulsory law; and whether, in view of this failure of compulsion in France, the Government will refuse to support a similar measure in this country.

(Answered by Mr. Lloyd-George). I have seen the circular referred to. The question of the compulsory adoption of the metric system in this country will come up for discussion in this House to-day, when the views of His Majesty's Government will be stated.