HC Deb 15 March 1955 vol 538 cc111-2W
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 Department 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.