HC Deb 13 December 1945 vol 417 cc623-4
71. Mr. Grey

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his attention has been drawn to the shortage of copper coins throughout the North-east, causing embarrassment to shopkeepers and public alike; and if he will take steps to alleviate this shortage.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

No recent complaints to this effect have reached my right hon. Friend. 114 million pennies have been issued since October, 1944.

Mr. Murray

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there are great complaints in Durham about a shortage of coppers, and that even in the county mental hospital they can scarcely carry on for want of coppers?

Mr. Hall

I understand it is quite a common thing at this time of the year, round about Christmas, for certain localities to find themselves short, but I can tell my hon. Friend that coppers are now being turned out at the rate of £6,000 worth a week.

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