§ 57. Mr. J. Foster
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that, on the occasion of the recent disappearance of some newly-minted coinage, the Brigade of Guards had not, as on all previous occasions, been requested to supply a guard for the despatch of such coinage; and whether he will give instructions that, in future, such a guard will be asked for by the authorities in charge of the movement of coinage.
§ Mr. Dalton
Neither the Royal Mint nor the Bank of England have, within living memory, had military protection for coin in transit to civilian destinations. To assign troops to travel with large numbers of consignments of coin to all parts of the country would be a wild extravagance.