§ Mr. G. Williams
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has in preparation for modernising the Royal Mint.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
In view of the serious congestion in the Royal Mint reconstruction of the Operative Department112W is necessary, in order to improve its layout and introduce up-to-date machinery and methods of handling. It is, therefore, proposed to carry out a rebuilding plan to be spread over the next 6–8 years. The ultimate cost, which will be borne on the Ministry of Works Vote, is provisionally estimated at £925,000. The work will be carried out in stages so as to cause the minimum interference with production. The existing Regency building housing the administrative offices will not be affected.