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Metrication (White Paper)

Volume 827: debated on Monday 6 December 1971

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will now give a date for publication of the White Paper on metrication which was promised to the House on 27th October, 1970.

I am not able at the moment to add to what my hon. Friend told my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Hertfordshire, East (Sir D. Walker-Smith) on 8th November.—[Vol. 825, c. 50.]

Does my right hon. Friend recognise that the country is getting into a fearful muddle about this White Paper? All sorts of things have happened since the previous Government set up the Metrication Board, which has been showing nothing but arrogance and forcing metrication down people's throats. Cannot the present Government do something to bring some sense into the situation and not force metrication upon us?

I am very conscious of the country's anxiety, very ably expressed by my hon. Friend, to have clarification. I hope not to disappoint people when it comes.