HC Deb 07 June 1861 vol 163 c758

said, he would beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, If Her Majesty's Government have any Reports from the Master of the Mint, or other official persons, on the subject of making the Sovereign coined at the Branch Mint at Sydney a legal tender throughout Her Majesty's Dominions; and, if so, whether there is any objection to produce such Reports for the information of the House?


, said, there was a correspondence now in progress upon this difficult and at the same time interesting question, whether the Australian sovereign should be allowed to circulate throughout Her Majesty's Dominions, or at least through the United Kingdom. That correspondence, of necessity, proceeded but slowly, as there were several parties to it—the Colony on the one hand, and on the other, in this country, the Treasury, the Bank of England, and the Colonial Office in particular. He should be glad, however, if it were desired, to produce the correspondence as far as it had gone, for it was very desirable that public attention should be called to the subject, as it might assist the Government in the consideration of the subject—and much consideration would be necessary before a safe conclusion could be arrived at.