PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES

HOUSE OF COMMONS

OFFICIAL REPORT

First Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, &c.

DRAFT WEIGHTS AND MEASURES (KNITTING YARNS) ORDER 1988

Tuesday 3 May 1988

LONDON

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The Committee consisted of the following Members:

Sir John Stradling Thomas (Chairman)

Bowden, Mr. Gerald (Brighton, Kemptown)

Butcher, Mr. John (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Industry and Consumer Affairs)

Howarth, Mr. Alan (Stratford-on-Avon)

Howarth, Mr. George (Knowsley, North)

Illsley, Mr. Eric (Barnsley, Central)

McCartney, Mr. Ian (Makerfield)

Mahon, Mrs. Alice (Halifax)

Mitchell, Mr. Andrew (Gedling)

Mitchell, Mr. Austin (Great Grimsby)

Oppenheim, Mr. Phillip (Amber Valley)

Page, Mr. Richard (Hertfordshire, South- West)

Redmond, Mr. Martin (Don Valley)

Sackville, Mr. Tom (Bolton, West)

Shaw, Sir Giles (Pudsey)

Shelton, Mr. William (Streatham)

Smith, Mr. Cyril (Rochdale)

Trotter, Mr. Neville (Tynemouth)

Whitney, Mr. Ray (Wycombe)

Mr. J. R. Rose, Committee Clerk

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3 First Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, &c. Tuesday 3 May 1988

[SIR JOHN STRADLING THOMAS in the Chair]

Draft Weights and Measures (Knitting Yarns) Order 1988

10.30 a.m.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Industry and Consumer Affairs (Mr. John Butcher): I beg to move, That the Committee has considered the draft Weights and Measures (Knitting Yarns) Order 1988. The purpose of the order is to implement Council directive 87/356/EEC, which is a simple 4 harmonisation measure to establish throughout the Community a mandatory and exclusive range of quantities in which knitting yarns can be packed. From 1 January 1990, only yarn packed in the quantities in the range will be permitted on the European Community market. These will then be guaranteed free circulation in the Community. The mandatory range has the backing of all Community countries and European Community producers, including United Kingdom knitting yarn manufacturers. I commend the order to the Committee.

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Committee has considered the draft Weights and Measures (Knitting Yarns) Order 1988.

Committee rose at twenty-nine minutes to Eleven o'clock.

THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS ATTENDED THE COMMITTEE:

Stradling Thomas, Sir John (Chairman)

Bowden, Mr. Gerald

Butcher, Mr.

Howarth, Mr. Alan

Mitchell, Mr. Andrew

Page, Mr.

Sackville, Mr.

Shaw, Sir Giles

Whitney, Mr.