§ 67 and 68. Mr. W. BAKER
asked the Minister of Health (1) whether he is aware that, in order to escape the Weights and Measures Act, many bottled goods are designated quarter bottles, half bottles, and bottles, instead of half pints, pints, and quarts; and whether he will consider the possibility of dealing with this practice;
(2) whether he is aware that all proprietary articles in packets, and preserved meats, fruits, and preserves in tins or glass are sold at approximate weights; and whether he will consider the desirability of introducing legislation to compel producers to state the exact weight on each packet?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of TRADE (Sir Burton Chadwick)
These points are involved in the general subject of short weight and measure in the sale of foodstuffs, which has been referred to the Food Council. I shall be glad to consider the hon. Member's suggestions when I receive the Food Council's Report.
§ Mr. MACLEAN
Is it necessary to wait for a report from this Council before 451 taking steps to prosecute dealers who are giving short weight? Are there not Statutes already in existence?
§ Sir B. CHADWICK
Yes; but I under stand the hon. Member complains that certain goods are escaping the law in bottles. The Food Council are examining that matter and we are awaiting their report.
§ Mr. A. V. ALEXANDER
Is the hon. Gentleman aware, with regard to short measure in bottles, that traders are finding it very difficult to get from the Standards Department the proper stamp of the bottling machines used?