HC Deb 07 February 1955 vol 536 c176W
92. Mr. Hamilton

asked the President of the Board of Trade under what regulations consumers of domestic fuel are safeguarded against the sale of bags of coal which are underweight; and what steps he intends to take to tighten up the application of such regulations.

Mr. H. Strauss

Part II of the Weights and Measures Act, 1889, contains provisions designed to protect the consumer against the giving of short weight in the sale of coal. These provisions were applied to Scotland by the Weights and Measures, Sale of Coal (Scotland) Act, 1936, in so far as other provisions regulating the sale of coal were not in force already in any burgh or county.

Apart from any powers they may have under their local Acts, local authorities have powers under the Weights and Measures Act, 1889, to make byelaws regulating the sale of coal in quantities not exceeding 2 cwt. Information available to the Board of Trade shows that many checks on deliveries of coal are being made by the inspectors of weights and measures of local authorities.