HC Deb 13 October 1943 vol 392 cc881-2
63. Sir J. Mellor

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food why domestic consumers who cannot obtain pre-packeted sugar are deprived of the equivalent of one week's ration each year, being the difference between gross and net weight; and whether he will see that this quantity is restored t to them?

Mr. Mabane

The practice of including the weight of the wrapper or container, within a prescribed limit, when sugar is weighed for sale in a wrapper or container is authorised by Section 4 of the Sales of Food (Weights and Measures) Act, 1926, as amended by S.R. & O. 1774 of 1941. My Noble Friend sees no reason why the provisions of the Act should be annulled under present conditions.

Sir J. Mellor

Seeing that that Act was passed in 1926, what can it have to do with rationing?

Mr. Mabane

My hon. Friend apparently did not hear me say that the Act was amended by Statutory Rule and Order 1774 of 1941.

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