HC Deb 07 March 1940 vol 358 c566
62. Mr. G. Strauss

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that, despite the order in the Defence (Finance) Regulations compelling every national to surrender gold coins in his possession to the Government, considerable quantities of gold coins are still being bought from the public in jewellers' shops; and whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?

Sir J. Simon

Gold coin purchased by jewellers from the public is forwarded immediately to authorised dealers by whom it is sold to the Treasury. It is clearly desirable that this channel for gold coin to reach the Treasury should remain open. I desire to take this opportunity to emphasise the fact that any persons who still hold gold coin ought immediately to offer it for sale to the Treasury, either through their banks or through a jeweller.