HC Deb 29 March 1945 vol 409 cc1529-30
43. Mr. Stourton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the first issue of the designs now in use of £5, £1 and 10s. notes was made; and the nominal value of forged currency notes of each denomination withdrawn from circulation since these issues were made.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Sir John Anderson)

In reply to the first part of the Question, the present designs of the £1 and 10s, notes were introduced in 1928 and that of the £5 note in 1855. It would involve a very disproportionate amount of labour to extract the information asked for in the second part of the Question, but the number of forgeries received is insignificant.

Mr. Stourton

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the making of a new issue of notes and the invalidation of the old issue is long overdue now in order to counter the activities of the forgers and tax evaders?

Sir J. Anderson

That is a matter which has not escaped attention.

Mr. Stourton

Arising out of that unsatisfactory reply, I give notice that I will raise the subject on the Adjournment at the first opportunity.