HC Deb 09 April 1951 vol 486 c51W
111. Sir H. Williams

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he is taking to protect domestic consumers from short weight in the supply of coal.

Mr. Bottomley

Short weight in the sale of coal is an offence under the Weights and Measures Act, 1889, and, in the case of sales of quantities not exceeding two hundredweights, also under local by-laws. Annual reports submitted to the Board of Trade by the inspectors of weights and measures of local authorities show that numerous checks are made on deliveries of coal.