HC Deb 14 October 1952 vol 505 cc19-20
35. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the incorporation of a Welsh symbol in the design of new coins.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The design of coins is a matter within the Royal Prerogative, and I understand that Her Majesty will be signifying Her pleasure in this matter before the end of the year. Meantime, I am authorised to inform the House that Her Majesty has decided that a Welsh emblem shall be included in the reverse designs of certain denominations of the new coinage.

Mr. Freeman

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for that statement, which will be welcomed and appreciated and will help to consolidate the unity of everybody in Wales, may I ask him if he can say when these coins are likely to be available?

Mr. Butler

I cannot give an exact date, and I am only too glad that any such action should give unity.

Mr. Bowen

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether any decision has been reached as to the nature of the emblem—the design?

Mr. Butler

If the hon. Gentleman is interested—he will notice it is a leek—I shall be glad to attempt to show him a version of it.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Can my right hon. Friend say why the St. George's Cross is present on the silver threepenny bit?

Mr. Butler

I think that raises a separate issue. Perhaps my hon. and gallant Friend will put the question down.