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Volume 885: debated on Monday 3 February 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will have discussions with the European Council of Ministers and Commission to ensure that all directives and regulations relating to the dairy industry specify metric and imperial measures, in view of the popular preference to retain traditional units of measurement in the dairy industry.

Community legislation naturally embodies the international system (SI) of units of measurement. However, it was agreed at the time of accession that the United Kingdom could retain imperial units for its own use at least until the end of 1979, and beyond for special reasons.