Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Metric System

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th April 1957.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Mr William Owen Mr William Owen , Morpeth 12:00 am, 16th April 1957

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that India has introduced the metric system; and, in view of the growing tendency of Commonwealth countries to favour this system and the effect on Commonwealth trade, whether he will now give further consideration to the recommendations contained in the Report of the Hodgson Committee.

Photo of Mr Frederick Erroll Mr Frederick Erroll , Altrincham and Sale

I am keeping in touch with developments. I cannot add to previous statements that Her Majesty's Government are not prepared to proceed with the recommendation that the imperial system of weights and measures should be abolished in favour of the metric system.

Photo of Mr William Owen Mr William Owen , Morpeth

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the House has now been waiting for many months for an opportunity to discuss the recommendations in that Report? Surely the House is entitled to have that opportunity, in view of those recommendations.

Photo of Mr Frederick Erroll Mr Frederick Erroll , Altrincham and Sale

There are a number of opportunities for a private Member to raise the subject if he wishes.