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Metrication Board

Volume 972: debated on Friday 26 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what is the annual cost of operating the Metrication Board; and what estimate he has made of the cost in 1980.

I have been asked to reply.The annual costs of operating the Metrication Board since 1970, when it was set up, are as follows:

1970£353,000
1971£436,000
1972£645,000
1973£678,000
1974£655,000
1975£914,000
1976£1,262,000
1977£1,062,000
1978–79£932,000
1979–80£1,163,000(estimated)
The Estimates for 1980–81 have not yet been prepared.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will make a statement on the future of the Metrication Board.

I have been asked to reply.The future of the Board, and other public bodies, is being reviewed. As soon as a decision is reached, my right hon. Friend will make a statement.