§ 13. Miss Burton
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that small greengrocers have unsaleable produce sold to them as a result of wholesalers' sales not being subject to the Weights and Measures Act; and if he is now in a position to make a statement concerning the recommendation of the Hodgson Committee on this matter.
§ Mr. P. Thorneycroft
The Weights and Measures Acts have no bearing on the quality of goods sold; they deal only with quantity. In reply to the last part of the Question, I am not yet able to say when it will be possible to introduce legislation arising out of the Report of the Hodgson Committee.
§ Miss Burton
Is the President of the Board of Trade aware that this constant delay is causing great hardship to the small greengrocer? Is he aware, for example, that I have particulars of the case of an individual greengrocer from Coventry who, out of 12 lb. of tomatoes, found 5 lb. unsaleable and had to stand the loss? That could be dealt with under the Hodgson Committee Report. Is the President to delay still further?
§ Mr. Thorneycroft
I doubt whether the Hodgson Committee Report would touch that. It does not deal with questions of the quality of goods. So far as the introduction of legislation is concerned, all I can tell the hon. Lady is—not this Session.