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Volume 973: debated on Wednesday 14 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what is the total sum of public money that has been spent to date on the promotion of the use of metric measurements.

The total cost of the Metrication Board to date is £8·3 million. Statistics relating to the cost of central and local government time involved in the promotion of the use of metric measurements is not separately identifiable.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade how many letters his Department has received since the announcement of the ending of further compulsory metrication; how many were in favour of the decision; and how many were against.

[pursuant to her reply, 8 November 1979, c. 254]: I have received a number of letters recently, many of which were solely on the subject of metrication and many others which included a reference to metrication in a more general letter. In so far as it was possible to determine a single view, a good majority of the people who wrote to me favoured my announcement.