HC Deb 27 July 1971 vol 822 cc201-2
26. Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will direct the Bank of England to request the joint stock banks to issue 2½p coins freely and not just on demand.

Mr. Higgins

It is for the banks' customers to draw the coins that they require.

Mr. Finsberg

I am grateful for that reply. Is my hon. Friend aware that the joint stock banks are deliberately refusing to issue sixpences? They have no space in their tills. If one asks for sixpences, one grudgingly gets them from dirty paper bags. This is one reason why London Transport and other transport undertakings are having to increase their fares. Will my hon. Friend use his influence in this matter?

Mr. Higgins

I note what my hon. Friend has said. If he will send me the details, I will certainly look into the matter.