HC Deb 15 March 1917 vol 91 c1289W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that the following co-operative societies, amongst others, are giving full net weight in their tea packets and not weighing in the tea wrapper, namely, four ounces of tea net for quarter-pounds, eight ounces of tea net for half-pounds, and sixteen ounces of tea net for pounds; the Manchester and Salford Equitable Co-operative Society, Limited, the Gateshead Industrial Co-operative Society, Limited, the Edmonton Co-operative Society, Limited, the Long Eaton Working Men's Co-operative Society, Limited, the St. Cuthbert's Co-operative Association, Limited, the Bristol Cooperative Society, Limited, the Leicester Co-operative Society, Limited, and the Preston Industrial Co-operative Society, Limited; and whether he will take steps to see that other multiple shops will follow the lead given by these co-operative societies by weighing the tea net and not including the wrapper in the weight?


I see no reason to doubt the accuracy of the statement made by the hon. Member, although, obviously, I cannot verify it in the case of each of the societies named. As I have previously stated, the Food Controller does not, at present, propose to adopt the course suggested.

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