I’ve just gone back and had a look at the regulations as laid out in the Food Supply Manual. And, while it’s true that for draught beer, only imperial measures are specified, that isn’t true for bottles beer. The schedule includes half reputed pint, reputed pint and reputed quart measures.
I don’t quite see how they could be unaware of this in Scotland, as the reputed measures had presumably been included specifically for them.
Scottish drinkers weren’t so keen on the reputed pint, as this letter to an Aberdeen newspaper demonstrates:
“Stout at 10d per "Reputed" Pint.
Sir,- It has taken the Food Controller with his invincible and indisputable power, all his time to keep "even" with that "double-dy'd villain," "the profiteer"; and it would now seem as if the Liquor Controller were having the worst of it with the drink profiteer. This, too, in relation to bottled stout — chiefly.
In pre-war days a so-called "bottle" stout was sold by Mr "Bung" at 4d. It was alleged then — it is still alleged - that you purchased a pint of stout; The consumer, of course, does nothing of the kind. He is victimised every time by a bottle, known in Scotland only, as a "reputed " pint. Its reputation is of the vilest type, for it is no measure any kind. Draught stout, when it can had, id sold by imperial stamped measure: so, too, are spirits various depressing strengths. Why, then, shouldn't bottled stout and beers be put in the same category?
But what one desires to find out more particularly is why stout should go up in price by leaps and bounds the way has done! At present it is selling in public-houses at 10d per "reputed." pint. It jumped from 8d to 10d in a week's time. There seems be "profiteering" and "profiteering", but this licks even fish profits into a cocked hat! Will some one in the "trade " explain? —Yours, etc.,
Aberdeen, 21st May, 1918.”
Aberdeen Evening Express - Wednesday 22 May 1918, page 4.
These are the controlled prices from early 1919:
|Maximum prices of beer in the public bar and for off consumption|
|beer of a gravity||draught||half reputed pint||half imperial pint||reputed pint||imperial pint||reputed quart||imperial quart|
|1023º - 1029º||4d||3d||3.5d||5.5d||6.5d||9d||11d|
|1029º - 1035º||5d||3.5d||4d||6d||7d||11d||1s 1d|
|1035º - 1042º||6d||4.5d||5d||7d||8d||1s 1d||1s 3d|
|1042º - 1050º||7d||5.5d||6d||9d||10d||1s 3d||1s 5d|
|over 1050º||8d||6.5d||7d||11d||1s||1s 5d||1s 7d|
|"Food Supply Manual May 1919", HM Stationary Office, 1919, page 18.|