HC Deb 22 March 1927 vol 204 cc227-8W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the Board of Trade have, from time to time during the past 12 months, informed applicants that, owing to pressure of work, they are unable to proceed with the drafting of amended Regulations under Section 5 of the Weights and Measures Act for types of self-indicating pendulum weighers (automatic counter scales) at present in use; and whether he will give directions to the Board to proceed without further delay with this service or, alternatively, whether he is prepared to set up a Committee to deal with these instruments and to revise the 1907 Weights and Measures Regulations, so far as may be necessary?


The small staff of the Department concerned is fully occupied with the preparation of Regulations under the Sale of Food Act, 1926, and the Weights and Measures (Amendment) Act, 1926, with regard to the marking of pre-packed articles of food and the control of petrol pumps respectively. It is considered that the promulgation of new Regulations for food and petrol should take precedence over the revision of existing Regulations concerning weighing machines. Draft Regulations under the Weights and Measures Act, 1904, will be prepared as soon as practicable, and a Committee set up to consider them.