HC Deb 22 November 1966 vol 736 c1138
39. Mr. Higgins

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the policy of the Government is still to give people further time to hand in gold coins under S.I., 1966, No. 438.

Mr. Diamond

Yes, if there is good reason for the delay in complying with the Order.

Mr. Higgins

Statutory powers having been taken, who decides whether a person retaining, say, half-a-dozen gold coins should be prosecuted, and what criteria are applied?

Mr. Diamond

The position is the normal one: the Treasury is interested in the matter, but the person who decides whether a prosecution should take place is the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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