§ VISCOUNT HELMSLEY (Yorkshire, N.R., Thirsk)
To ask the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the hardship which is inflicted on small tradesmen through being compelled to pay for the annual adjustment of their weights under the Weights and Measures Act; and whether he can alter the regulations so that they should only be charged when the weights are found to be inaccurate.
(Answered by Mr. Churchill.) I think the noble Lord must be under some misapprehension, as the regulations made under the Weights and Measures Acts do not require the annual adjustment of weights. The Act of 1878 expressly provides that a weight duly stamped is a legal weight throughout the United Kingdom, unless found to be false or unjust.