It would be a great disservice, particuarly to many millions of children who have been educated in the metric system, if we were to maintain a dual system of measurement. The best way is to proceed with our Weights and Measures, &c. (No. 2) Bill and adequately to consult consumers, linking this with consumer protection, eventually having one unconfusing system.
Following the experience gained from the partial conversion to metrication, may I ask whether the Government are now in a position to give an estimate of the total cost to the country of converting to metrication?
I cannot give an accurate figure, but the cost is not as high as some have made out. It is possibly no greater than the cost of not completing the metrication programme.
Apart from the demands coming from schoolchildren about metrication, can my hon. Friend tell the House what other quarters are making such representations to him? Is he aware that I have made inquiries in industry recently and have found that there is little demand for a move in this direction?