HC Deb 22 November 1971 vol 826 c286W
Mr. John Page

asked the Minister of of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what new legislation which includes encouragement or permission for metrication he is proposing to introduce before the Govment White Paper on Metrication is published.

Mr. Prior

None II my hon. Friend is referring to Clause 17 of the present Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill I can assure him that it has not been introduced to give encouragement or permission for metrication Its purpose is to amend the Corn Sales Act, 1921, and the Corn Returns Act, 1882, so that the trade will no longer be compelled to use for these purposes the hundredweight unit which most of them now find tiresomely small.