§ Mr. R. Gibson
asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the number of automatic scales in use in the United Kingdom, as ascertained by his Department, in the years 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1937, respectively; and what changes, if any, in the regulations affecting weights and measures were made to meet the situation arising from the supersession of the system of old-fashioned weights periodically tested and stamped on behalf of the Government by the modern automatic system?
§ Mr. Stanley
I regret that the statistical information for which the hon. and learned Member asks is not available. With regard to the second part of the question, provision with respect to the verification and stamping of weighing instruments is made in the Weights and Measures Regulations, 1907 (S.R. & O. 1907, No. 698), as amended by an additional Regulation made in 1926 (S.R. & O. 1926, No. 1348). In accordance with No. 16 of the former Regulations, patterns of weighing instruments presenting any novel features and patterns of price-computing instruments must be approved by the Board of Trade before the instruments can be stamped.