Author Archives: Robin Paice

Memories of Geoffrey

For the last twelve years of his life Geoffrey Howe was patron of the UK Metric Association.  Robin Paice, who  was Chair of the Association for most of this time, remembers him. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Government to clarify law on metric units in advertising

A Government Minister has promised to advise industry bodies that the law requires the use of metric units in all product description and advertising. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Traffic signs and speed limits to be devolved to Scotland

The Smith Commission on further devolution to Scotland has recommended that speed limits and traffic signs should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced a tiny but significant piece of progress on the long road to completing metrication in the UK. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Devolve Weights and Measures – says pro-metric group

Weights and Measures and related matters (such as road signs) should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament – according to the UK Metric Association. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Government rejects bid to clarify law on product description and advertising

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. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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“No more imperial-only vehicle signs” says UKMA

In its response to a Department for Transport consultation the UK Metric Association has recommended that the erection of new vehicle height, width and length restriction signs that display only feet and inches should no longer be permitted. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Survey exposes the failure of measurement policy in the UK

The UK Metric Association has issued the following press release: Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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BBC told to stop undermining the National Measurement System

In its response to a recent BBC consultation the UK Metric Association (UKMA) has called on the BBC to live up to its declared mission and hence to support – and not to undermine – the exclusively metric National Measurement … Continue reading

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Which? and Government claim credit for UKMA campaign

Both the Consumers’ Association (aka Which?) and the Government’s Business Department have claimed the credit for the success of their campaign to persuade supermarkets to price goods transparently.  But who actually started the campaign? and is it enough? Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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