METRIC UNITS (CONSEQUENTIAL PROVISIONS) LAW

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Amendment of certain enactments.

3. Contracts or orders under the amending enactments to continue in force.

40 of 1978.

A LAW to amend certain enactments in consequence of the introduction of the metric units of measurement and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 16th August, 1978]

1. Short title

This Law may be cited as the Metric Units (Consequential. Provisions) Law, No. 40 of 1978, and shall come into operation on such date (hereafter in this Law referred to as the "appointed date”) as the Minister may appoint by Order published in the Gazette.

2. Amendment of certain enactments.

The enactments set out in Column I of the Schedule to this Law shall have effect subject to the amendments set out in the corresponding entry in Column II of that Schedule.

3. Contracts or orders under the amending enactments to continue in force.

Nothing in this Law shall be deemed to invalidate —

(a) any contract subsisting on the day immediately preceding the appointed date, or

(b) any order made under any of the enactments set out in Column I of the Schedule hereto and in force on such date,

whereby any act or tiling is required to be done or performed by reference to any units of measurement other than metric units of measurement.

Schedule

Column I

 

Column II

ENACTMENTS

 

AMENDMENTS

1. The Electricity Act.

 

1. In column 3 of subsection one of section 13 substitute—

(i) for the figures and words "16 chains to an inch”, the figures "1 : 10000.” ;

(ii) for the figures and words "20 feet to an inch” the figures 1 : 200.”;

(iii) for the figures and words "40 feet to an inch, the figures "1: 500.”;

(iv) for the figure and words "2 chains to an inch”, the figures "1 : 2000.”

(v) for the figure and words "1 mile to an inch” the figures "1: 50,000.”;

2. In paragraph (b) of subsection (2) of section 23, substitute for the words "thirty three feet”, the figures and word "10 meters”.

3. In paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section 25, substitute, for the words "one inch to eight feet” and "sixteen inches to the mile”, the figures "1 : 100” and "1:5000” respectively.

4. In subsection (1) of section 33, substitute, for the words "one hundred and fifty feet”, the figures and word "45 meters”.

5. In section 38, substitute, for the words "two hundred and twenty-five feet”, the figures and word "65 meters”.

2. The Bread Ordinance

For section 2, substitute the following section—

 

"Sale of bread by weight, and marking of weight of loaves

2 (1) No baker or vendor of breed shall sell any bread other than fancy bread or rolls, except in loaves weighing two hundred and twenty five grammes, four hundred and fifty grammes, nine hundred grammes or one thousand and eight hundred grammes.

(2) Subject as hereinafter provided, no baker or vendor of bread shall sell any loaf of bread or expose any such loaf for sale, unless the weight of the loaf is clearly marked on the loaf by an impression made in baking or on a band or wrapper affixed round or enclosing the loaf:

Provided that nothing in the preceding provisions of this subsection shall apply—

(a) in the case of fancy bread or roll, of any loaf of bread which is under two hundred and twenty five grammes in weight; or

(b) in the case of any bread which, in pursuance of any contract, or agreement in that behalf, is supplied on any occasion in any quantity not less than fifty kilogrammes and is weighed upon delivery.”.

3. The Medical Wants Ordinance

 

In section 2, substitute for the definition of "estate”, the following definition—

"estate” means any estate in which labourers are employed having four hectares of land actually cultivated in tea, rubber, coffee, cacao, cardomoms, cocoa camphor, pepper, or cinchona;

4. The Customs Ordinance

 

1. Renumber section 10 as subsection (1) of that section.

2. In section 10, insert after the renumbered subjection (1) of that section, the following subsection—

"(2) Every duty altered or imposed on the basis of any measurement unit under the proviso to subsection (1), shall be according to the International System of Units as defined in section 5 of the Weights and Measures Ordinance.”.

3. For section 17, substitute the following section:-

 

"Duties to be paid in Sri Lanka currency according to units of measurements for Sri Lanka.

 

 

 

 

 

Produce of customs duties to be paid in to the Treasury & c.

17. All duties of customs as well as all penalties under the Ordinance, shall be paid and received in the several descriptions of money herein enumerated, and at the rates of exchange specified namely, in British gold or silver money, or in such other description of money and at such rate of exchange as may from time to time be determined by the Minister and according to the units of measurements for Sri Lanka; and in all cases, when such duties are imposed and allowed according to any specific quantity or any specific value, the same shall be deemed to apply in the same proportion to any greater or less quantity of value; and the produce of all duties of customs shall be paid by the Collector into the hands of the Deputy Secretary to the Treasury or to the sub-accountants of Sri Lanka in such manner and at such periods as may be specified by the Minister.”.

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