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Volume 977: debated on Tuesday 29 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will list in the Official Report details of the United Kingdom's obligations to introduce metric weights and measures under EEC requirements, the dates by which these obligations must be complied with and the Government's proposals for compliance, bearing in mind their policy as regards metrication.

Under an EEC directive on units of measurement we undertook an obligation to authorise the use of metric units of measurement. This obligation was fulfilled in the Units of Measurement Regulations 1976 (SI 1976 No. 1674) which came into force on 1 November 1976. This measure is purely permissive and does not imply any further compulsory metrication.