CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. ORAL ANSWERS. - INSPECTION OF WEIGHING MACHINES.

asked the Postmaster-General whether his attention has been called to a report of the Markets Committee of the Dublin Corporation, in which it is stated that the weighing machines used in Post Offices are not subject to supervision by an Inspector of Weights and Measures and that the majority of those employed in the Saorstát are of an obsolete pattern, which would not be stamped for ordinary commercial purposes, and whether he can state what steps are taken to inspect these weighing machines and ensure their accuracy.

Inspectors of Weights and Measures are not empowered to stamp, verify or test any weights or scales supplied by the Post Office to be used for Post Office purposes. All such scales and weights are carefully examined and tested before being issued to Post Offices; subsequently they are tested regularly by the Department and any inaccuracy found is rectified immediately.