HC Deb 06 April 1976 vol 909 cc211-2
11. Mr. MacCormick

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that cashiers overseas will accept Scottish banknotes.

The Under-Secretary of State for Defence for the Army (Mr. Robert C. Brown)

I shall ensure that Scottish banknotes are accepted in appropriate circumstances.

Mr. MacCormick

I can do nothing but congratulate the Minister on his answer, and thank him very much.

Mr. David Steel

Will the Minister confirm that the Scottish pound note abroad is worth every much as little as the English pound note? Now that the variety of Scottish notes has been reduced to three, does he agree that there is really no excuse for not accepting them?

Mr. Brown

Scottish banknotes will be exchanged at the same rate as English banknotes.

Mr. Monro

Will the Minister ask the hon. Member for Argyll (Mr. MacCormick) to stop publicising Scottish pound notes? Is he aware that it is not infrequent in England to get change for a fiver when tendering a Scottish pound note?

Mr. Brown

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that advice. I think that I might try to collect Scottish pound notes.