HC Deb 11 March 1935 vol 299 c26

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can give the House information and figures by which it may be possible to measure the fall of the French franc as against the fall of the pound sterling since the War?


On the 19th March, 1919, immediately before the wartime regulation of the rates of exchange between London, Paris, and New York came to an end, the pound was worth 27½ francs. To-day it is worth 71. In terms of gold the franc has fallen from 4.023 grains to.9097 of a grain, and the pound from 110.6 to 65. In terms of goods, according to the available wholesale index numbers, the franc has fallen in value slightly since 1919, while the pound has rather more than doubled in value.


Can the hon. Gentleman explain who decides upon the selling price of gold every day?