HC Deb 20 October 1942 vol 383 cc1834-5
56. Mr. Driberg

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in order to save copper and in view of the number of common objects whose price has increased from 1d. to 1½d., he will consider issuing a 1½d. coin?

Sir K. Wood

Suggestions for the issue of such a coin have been considered from time to time, but have had to be rejected. Apart from the objections to minting the very large numbers required to permit the free use of a new denomination, it would not appear generally conveneint to increase the present number of denominations of coin which have to be handled.

Mr. Driberg

Has the matter been considered recently, since the average price of a bus ticket went up to 1½d.?

Sir K. Wood

When the hon. Member put down his Question, I went into the matter again with my advisers.

Sir H. Williams

Does my right hon. Friend realise how easy it would be, if the suggestion were adopted, to increase the price of the "Daily Express"?