Seanad Éireann - Volume 1 - 19 April, 1923

METRIC SYSTEM.

The following notice of motion by Senator de Loughry appeared on the Order Paper:—

“That the Government be asked to appoint a Commission, with power to examine voluntary witnesses, to inquire into and report on the desirability or otherwise of adopting the Metric System in Saorstát Eireann, and that it be a special instruction to such Commission to consider very carefully all the various possible intermediate courses between full adoption and non-adoption, such as adoption of the Metric System for measurements of length and area, but not for weights or capacity, adoption for official use (including Government contracts and stores, and dutiable commodities) but not for general use (and so on), with a view to reporting on the desirability, if so thought fit, of some such partial adoption, if full adoption is considered, after inquiry, not to be desirable.”

AN CATHAOIRLEACH: I have received a communication from Senator de Loughry asking permission to withdraw the motion standing in his name. I know that he means by that that he wants to move it at the first opportunity and I think it would be better to adjourn the motion until the next sitting.

Agreed.