§ 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 1462 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.