HC Deb 22 November 1973 vol 864 cc505-6W
Mr. Milne

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will introduce legislation to deal with the siting of scales and weighing machines in retail establishments, particularly supermarkets and similar stores, so that customers can check on prices and costs.

Sir G. Howe

Substantial powers already exist under Section 33 of the Weights and Measures Act and I have no reason to doubt that they are conscientiously enforced by inspectors of weights and measures. Whilst I have no evidence of a need for obtaining further powers for this purpose, I will consider this if convincing reasons for so doing are given me by the hon. Member or by consumer interests.