HC Deb 15 February 1989 vol 147 c246W
64. Mr. Beith

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what responses he has received in favour of the continued availability of imperial weights and measures.

Mr. Maude

Some 700 trade, industry, local authority and consumer organisations were consulted last autumn on proposals to phase out the remaining imperial units of measurement for most trade purposes by the end of 1994 subject to certain exemptions, including the pint for sales of draught beer and cider and milk in returnable bottles; the troy ounce for bullion dealing; and the mile for speed and distance measurement. Only two organisations responded opposing the general principle of further metrication. However, 22 requests were received to continue the use of imperial units for certain other specific purposes.