§ SIR THOMAS ESMONDE
I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer if, in view of the inconvenience to business in Ireland arising from the amount of debased silver coinage now circulating in that country, he will take iteps to have all worn silver coins withdrawn.
§ SIR M. HICKS BEACH
I presume that the Question refers to worn silver coin. I have never heard that any debased coin is in circulation in Ireland. Worn coin is withdrawn from circulation in Ireland, and forwarded to the Royal Mint for re-coinage, by the Bank of Ireland, which has a large number of branches in the country, and has made uo complaint of any inconvenience to business. If the hon. Member can furnish me with any facts on which his Question is based, inquiry shall be made.