HC Deb 07 March 1944 vol 397 cc1854-5
16. Captain W. T. Shaw

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that a large number of tobacco packets are found, upon being weighed, not to contain the weight of tobacco specified; and if he will take measures to see that tobacco packers give the public the full weight.

Mr. Dalton

No, Sir. Although the restriction on wrappings increases the risk of evaporation, very few complaints of short weight have been received.

Captain Shaw

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that investigations in my constituency show that on the average there is a shortage of 3 drachms on every ounce packet and that one firm alone packs over 30,000 ounce packets per day? If these average 3 drachms short, it represents 90,000 drachms or about 3 cwts. of tobacco—enough to supply 5,625 ounce packets. Does the Minister not think, as the price of tobacco is mostly due to duty, the Government have a special responsibility to see that the proper weight is given?

Mr. Dalton

I would like to check over all that arithmetic when I read it in the OFFICIAL REPORT to-morrow.

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