§ Mr. Conway
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has had on standardising metric measurement in the manufacturing and retail sectors; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Foulkes
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what action he intends to take to allow retailers to go metric prior to 1995 and to show prices in metric units without also having to show prices in imperial units; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Leigh
[holding answer 25 March 1993]: Retailers are allowed to show prices for all goods and services in metric units. However, if they show food prices in metric units, they are required to show the price in imperial units. Following representations from retail interests, the Government are reassessing the costs and benefits of this requirement.