HC Deb 08 March 1920 vol 126 cc955-6W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will give a list of the Colonies and Protectorates whose currency is affected by the Silver Coinage Bill and whose new silver coinage will automatically drop to 500 fine as soon as the Bill is passed?


No Colony or Protectorate is affected by the Silver Coinage Bill except in so far as it uses British sterling silver coin. Apart from the Dominions of New Zealand and South Africa, the following Colonies and Protectorates now draw British silver coin from the Royal Mint in this country:—The West Indies (including Bermuda), Gibraltar, Malta, St. Helena, Rhodesia, Basutoland, Bechuanaland, Swaziland, Nyasaland, Fiji, British Guiana, and the Falkland Islands. West Africa (Nigeria, Gold Coast, Sierra Leone, and Gambia), in which British silver coin is in circulation concurrently with West African silver coin, would be affected if it drew fresh supplies of British silver.