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Weights and Measures Act 1985

Comment 2nd July 2010

Weights and Measures (Packaged Goods) Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/659)

Extent of repeal

Relevant sections, including various secondary legislation

Why does this matter?

This Act requires retailers to use certain weights and measurements

I disagree about revocation. There has been regulation since the Magna Carta to ensure buyers and sellers are trading on equal terms. Having an internationally traceable system of weighing and measuring for trade use is a requirement of WTO membership, it needs simplification and more deregulation, not outright repeal. Imperial Measurements can be made traceable to international metric standards and used quite legally in the UK subject to appropraite legislation. In fact 'imperial' does not exist, it is all defined by metric standards. Just because something says it weighs a 'kilogram' doesn't mean that it does. The only thing in the world that actually weighs a kilogram is the primary standard kilogram in Paris, all mass measurements need to be traceable back to it to have any intergrity.

Adding: "1) pricing information shall be provided in at least one customary or recognised measure for all types of items; 2) within a business that sells to consumers, readily comparable unit prices shall be clearly displayed" would avoid any need to specify further. If some unusual unit (or multiple types of unit) are traditional or common in some contexts, or someone wants to use a normal and a "strange" measure, this would allow their fair usage and also ensure purchasers can make fair pricing comparisons.


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