HC Deb 03 March 1921 vol 138 cc2012-3

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he is aware that by Magna Charta it was conceded to all free men of this realm that there be one measure of wine throughout the whole realm, and one measure of beer, and one measure of corn, and that it should be so regarding weights as regarding measures; whether he is aware that a great diversity of measures is in use for corn whereby many free men of the realm are often sorely perplexed and greatly hindered in their business; and whether the Government will take steps to ensure to the free men of the realm this ancient right of one measure for corn to which they are entitled under Magna Charta?

Mr. BONAR LAW (Leader of the House)

I have not had an opportunity of verifying my hon. Friend's quotation, but in any case I am advised that there is later legislation. An opportunity of considering this subject will arise in connection with the Bill, introduced by the hon. and gallant Member for Barkston Ash, which is now before the House.

Lieut.-Colonel ARCHER-SHEE

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that free men in this Realm are being charged 12½ groats for a noggin, and, further, is he aware that Magna Charta, dated 1215, laid down that "justice should be no longer delayed," whereas the Liquor Control Board was established in 1915, and will the right hon. Gentleman see that justice is no longer delayed in this respect.


Does my hon. and gallant Friend mean that beer is to be the same price as in 1215?


Will a copy of this Act be laid on the Table?