HC Deb 27 February 1952 vol 496 cc1129-30
33. Mr. Shepherd

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether the agreement entered into by his Department with the Board of Trade for the periodical inspection by inspectors of weights and measures, provides machinery for enabling summonses to be issued against the Post Office where weighing appliances are found to be false.

Mr. Gammans

No, Sir; this would require legislation, and the committee on weights and measures legislation did not recommend this action.

Mr. Shepherd

Must not this action, to be effective, include a provision to issue summonses? Why does my hon. Friend maintain that the Post Office should be free from the requirements that apply to private traders?

Mr. Gammans

That raises the general question of suing a Government Department by another Government service and the question of who pays the fine.