HC Deb 03 July 1940 vol 362 cc820-1
40. Mr. Cocks

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will consider a plan by which married women can give their gold wedding rings to the Government, and receive in exchange a ring of some non-rusting metal and a printed certificate of honour, such exchanges to be made at the post offices?

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Captain Crookshank)

This suggestion has from time to time been made, but my right hon. Friend does not think at the present moment it is necessary to adopt it.

Mr. Cocks

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that wedding rings are regarded by many women as their most priceless possession? They would be prepared to give them to the Government, but they would like to exchange them for another ring.

Captain Crookshank

I am aware that wedding rings are regarded by women as their most priceless possessions, and it is because of that fact that I want to be quite sure that the sacrifice would be commensurate with the advantages gained.

Mr. Liddall

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider letting wedding rings out on hire?

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