HC Deb 20 June 1939 vol 348 cc1982-3
5. Mr. Westwood

asked the President of the Board of Tirade whether the promised review of the existing regulations under the Weights and Measures Acts has been completed; and, if not, when it is likely to be?

Mr. Stanley

The review of the regulations under the Weights and Measures Acts to which the hon. Member refers is now well advanced, but has brought to light a number of problems which will require further consideration. I can assure the hon. Member that the work will be completed as rapidly as circumstances permit.

Mr. Westwood

Can the right hon. Gentleman give any indication when the review is likely to be completed?

Mr. Stanley

I am afraid I cannot. The House will realise that from time to time my Department is very urgently engaged on urgent war preparations, which interfere with normal proceedings of this kind. I am pushing on as fast as I can, but these urgent matters must take precedence.

Mr. Leach

For what war is the right hon. Gentleman preparing?

Sir Nairne Stewart Sandeman

Would it not be better to go into the question of the weights and measures themselves, with the idea of introducing the decimal system?