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Commentary on the measurement muddle in the UK 2014-11-30T12:38:30Z
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Government to clarify law on metric units in advertising

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 12:38
A Government Minister has promised to advise industry bodies that the law requires the use of metric units in all product description and advertising. In what could be a significant step in the progress toward completing metrication in the UK, … Continue reading → 2

Traffic signs and speed limits to be devolved to Scotland

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 10:17
The Smith Commission on further devolution to Scotland has recommended that speed limits and traffic signs should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament. On 26 November the Commission on further devolution to Scotland (known as the “Smith Commission” after its … Continue reading → 0

Minor success for UKMA – imperial-only height and width signs to be discontinued

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 16:10
The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced a tiny but significant piece of progress on the long road to completing metrication in the UK. On Saturday 8 November the DfT published its response to the consultation on revisions to the … Continue reading → 32

Devolve Weights and Measures – says pro-metric group

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 14:12
Weights and Measures and related matters (such as road signs) should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament – according to the UK Metric Association. In a submission to the Smith Commission (on further devolution to Scotland), the UK Metric Association … Continue reading → 1

Government rejects bid to clarify law on product description and advertising

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:22
A Government Minister has thwarted an attempt by Lord Taverne to bring product description and advertising into line with the rules for package labelling and sales of loose goods from bulk. The Consumer Rights Bill is currently being considered line … Continue reading → 0

Maybe they were moonlighting …

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:12
In contrast to his last article, John Frewen-Lord takes a look this week at some of the activities of seven famous people who later had SI units of measurement named after them. It is well known that many measurement units … Continue reading → 0

Putting Britain ahead …

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:16
On Newsnight on BBC2 last Monday, David Cameron, replying to questions on his personal views, said he preferred ancient to modern measurements. One of our regular contributors, John Frewen-Lord, speculates where such nostalgia might lead. Mr David Cameron, the UK’s … Continue reading → 2

Will Scotland keep the pound avoirdupois as well as the pound sterling?

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 21:53
What impact would Scottish independence (if it were to happen) have on weights and measures?  Martin Vlietstra supplies an answer. All parties are agreed that if Scotland votes “Yes” in the forthcoming referendum, there will be a cost in establishing … Continue reading → 0

Hacking IKEA

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:56
It is said that people either love IKEA or hate it. Even those who fall into the latter group may find a recently published article amusing. When the founding fathers of the metric system dreamed of a measurement system that … Continue reading → 0