HC Deb 22 March 1956 vol 550 cc1461-2
36. Mr. E. Johnson

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that cases frequently occur of both shops and the British Transport Commission refusing to accept farthings in payment; and if he will therefore arrange for the withdrawal of these coins from circulation.

Mr. H. Brooke

Farthings are legal tender up to 1s. 0d. They are still required for certain transactions, and it would not be justifiable to withdraw them from circulation.

Mr. Johnson

May I ask my right hon. Friend if he would make it clear that these coins have to be accepted if they are offered in payment; and what advice could he give to those who offer and have them refused?

Mr. Brooke

Those who offer them certainly have the law on their side. I do not know how much further I can carry the matter.