HC Deb 09 February 1956 vol 548 cc1791-2
25. Major Anstruther-Gray

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware of a shortage of shillings for slot meters and other purposes in the south-east of Scotland; and if he will take steps to meet this situation.

Mr. H. Brooke

The Royal Mint supplies coins in the quantities and denominations asked for by the banks. In this case the Royal Mint, on the appearance of Press reports of a shortage of shillings in the Edinburgh area, consulted the Scottish banks. As a result, 2,844,000 shillings have been sent to these banks since 2nd January. A further 970,000 will be sent next week.

Major Anstruther-Gray

I thank my right hon. Friend very much.

Mrs. Mann

Does the right hon. Gentleman appreciate that this shortage does not exist merely in Scotland but that the Scots in London are experiencing a great shortage of shillings? Is he aware that because of the shortage of shillings Scots in London have to give a tip of 2s., which is a great hardship on the Scots?

Mr. Brooke

I appreciate the hon. Lady's hardship. It makes me all the more surprised that she refrained from putting that supplementary question to me last week about Members' salaries.