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.
Author: Robin Paice
50 years on
Sunday 24th May will be the 50th anniversary of the announcement by the British Government that the UK was to “go metric” within 10 years. However, 50 years later we are still little more than half way there. Why has it taken so long? and when will it end?
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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