HC Deb 24 May 1960 vol 624 cc193-4
14. Mrs. Slater

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to the joint report of the British Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association of British Chambers of Commerce on the conversion of coinage to the decimal system.

Mr. Amory

I am studying this interesting report but have no statement to make at present.

Mrs. Slater

Does the Chancellor not think that, in view of the very large number of reports which have been issued on this subject over the years and of some of the statements made in the Hodgsor Report on Weights and Measure; Legislation in 1951, at least some steps might be taken towards consulting the Commonwealth on this problem, which will have to 'be faced in the near future?

Mr. Amory

It is a problem of great importance in the long term, and therefore I think that the Government would welcome most strongly an expression of public opinion on the whole matter.