HC Deb 12 July 1955 vol 543 cc1720-1
4. Mrs. Butler

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will introduce a Bill to bring up to date the law relating to weights and measures, having regard to the unsatisfactory state of the law at present in many respects.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

Not this Session.

Mrs. Butler

Is the Minister aware that the continued delay in bringing weights and measures legislation up to date, and, in particular, the failure to give that added safeguard to the consumers which was envisaged by the Hodgson Report as long ago as 1951, is adding very considerably to the ordinary household budget? Will not the right hon. Gentleman at least look at the Report again to see whether there is anything he can do to implement its main recommendations in the interest both of traders and the general public?

Mr. Thorneycroft

The hon. Lady is quite right to draw attention to the importance of the subject. All I said was that I could not promise legislation this Session.