§ Mr. Eldon Griffiths
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he has made a comparison of the accommodation and overhead costs he charges for type approval of weighing machines with the accommodation and comparable overheads of a private industrial company doing business in central London; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Fletcher
[pursuant to his reply, 28 March 1985, c. 312]: No. The National Weights and Measures Laboratory provides a unique and wide-ranging service and to the best of our knowledge its accommodation requirements housing the required testing facilities and its overhead costs do not have a parallel in private industry.