HC Deb 22 June 1965 vol 714 cc1459-60
28. Mr. Bence

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration has been given to the transfer of the Mint from London to Scotland, as part of the policy of redistribution of industry.

Mr. MacDermot

The question of altering the location of the Mint is closely bound up with that of decimalisation which is now under active consideration.

Mr. Bence

My hon. and learned Friend referred to "decimalisation", which has confused me a little. Would not he consider that in the redistribution of enterprises and the diversification of industry in Scotland the removal of the Mint from London to Scotland would be a gesture that would be appreciated there? It is the sort of industry and enterprise—manufacturing money—thatwe could well do with in Scotland.

Mr. MacDermot

My hon. Friend asked first whether the Mint could be removed from London. It is here that the question of decimalisation is relevant because additional coinage facilities would certainly be required if decimalisation were introduced. If the question does arise of moving the Mint out of London then, of course, the demands of Scotland, like those of other parts of the country, will be carefully considered.

Mr. Gresham Cooke

Would we get more shillings if the Mint were moved to Scotland?

Mr. MacDermot

The hon. Gentleman is insatiable. However, the longer the Government remain in power the greater chance of his finding more and more shillings in his pocket.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

In view of the number of daring robberies in London—including one within half a mile of this place—would it not be safer to put the Mint in Scotland?