HC Deb 21 October 1952 vol 505 c843
18. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many farthings have been minted since 31st March last.

Mr. R. A. Butler

Seven hundred and eighty thousand.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Is the Chancellor aware that this very substantial drop in the manufacture of farthings shows that he is not content to waste these coins because even the drapers have stopped demanding farthings in selling their particular wares?

Mr. Butler

Yes, Sir. I think this just about meets the situation, particularly in view of the decline in the export of farthings, which was causing me some anxiety.