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Coal Deliveries (Short Weight)

Volume 486: debated on Monday 9 April 1951

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he is taking to protect domestic consumers from short weight in the supply of coal.

Short weight in the sale of coal is an offence under the Weights and Measures Act, 1889, and, in the case of sales of quantities not exceeding two hundredweights, also under local by-laws. Annual reports submitted to the Board of Trade by the inspectors of weights and measures of local authorities show that numerous checks are made on deliveries of coal.