HC Deb 02 March 1926 vol 192 cc1203-4
1. Mr. W. BAKER

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in order to prevent the increased use of automatic counter scales having a prejudicial effect upon the public by facilitating short weight, he will appoint a Committee to examine the Weights and Measures Act with a view to improved safeguarding Regulations?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister)

I have no evidence that the particular type of machine to which the question relates has the effect suggested. With regard to the second part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him on the 23rd February. In the circumstances, I see no need for the appointment of a Committee of the kind proposed.

3. Colonel DAY

asked the President of the Board of Trade if it is intended to introduce a Bill embodying the proposals of the Food Council in regard to short weight or measure in the sale of foodstuffs and oral misrepresentations of weight or measure?


asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Government have considered the recommendations of the Food Council on short weight; and what action they propose to take?


The Government have considered the Report of the Food Council, and accept generally the recommendations made in that Report. They propose to prepare and introduce legislation based thereon.

Colonel DAY

Can the right hon. Gentleman say when the legislation will be introduced?


No, I cannot say that.


Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that every facility will be given to his Bill, and that opinion on the Matter is pretty well unanimous?


I am much obliged to the hon. Gentleman, but it necessarily depends on the facilities which he gives to other Bills what progress I can make with this one. I hope there will be complete unanimity in favour of it.

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