HC Deb 24 July 1951 vol 491 cc203-4
48. Mr. Janner

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that there is a shortage of farthings in circulation in Leicester; and that, as this coin is required daily by housewives for their shopping, if he will arrange for more farthings to be put into circulation in that city.

Mr. Gaitskell

I have had no reports of a shortage of farthings in Leicester. If the local branches of the banks require any, their head offices can get them from the Royal Mint without difficulty.

Mr. Janner

May I ask my right hon. Friend to take into consideration the fact that this Question is raised in consequence of the fact that reports have been given to me by the housewives of Leicester because they are anxious to have these farthings and of the cumulative effect of not being able to obtain these small pieces of change?

Mr. Gaitskell

The farthings are available in the Royal Mint if the banks will send for them.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that far more important than the shortage of farthings in Leicester is the shortage of silver three-penny pieces in Scotland?