HC Deb 03 December 1959 vol 614 cc1368-9
36. Mr. Lipton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has considered all the factors relevant to the withdrawal of farthings from circulation; and if he has yet come to a decision in the matter.

25. Mr. Shepherd

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, in addition to the proposed revision of the size of bank notes, he will give consideration to a revision of metal coinage.

Mr. Barber

I have nothing to add to the reply which my right, hon. Friend gave to the hon. Member for Brixton (Mr. Lipton) on 10th November.

Mr. Lipton

May I ask whether since 10th November there has been a flood of representations to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in favour of the retention of farthings? Has not all the evidence or comment he has collected so far been in favour of abolition at the earliest possible moment? What is holding things up?

Mr. Barber

When my right hon. Friend answered the hon. Gentleman only about three weeks ago he said that he would like to have the widest comment before a decision is taken. I have seen certain letters arriving at the Treasury, but they are not all one way.