HC Deb 31 July 1956 vol 557 cc1126-7
11. Mr. Chetwynd

asked the President of the Board of Trade in view of the annoyance and waste caused to single persons who are unable to buy milk in quantities of less than a pint, whether he will introduce legislation to amend Section 7 (1) of the" Sale of Food (Weights and Measures) Act, 1926, with a view to ensuring that a dairyman shall have milk in half-pint bottles available at all reasonable times.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

No, Sir. This Section permits a trader to sell milk in half pints or multiples thereof. It would be outside the scope of weights and measures law to require him to keep milk available in any particular quantities,

Mr. Chetwynd

Is the President aware that many single people and old-age pensioners are compelled at present in many areas to purchase a pint of milk when they either cannot afford it or have no facilities for keeping it fresh? Can he suggest any way in which his influence can be brought to bear upon retailers to have half-pints available for these people?

Mr. Thorneycroft

So far as my Department is concerned, all I am saying is that there is no power under the Weights and Measures Act to compel someone to keep milk in particular measures.

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