§ LORD BARNBY
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether, in view of expanding installation of new telephones, they will consider increasing the minting and circulation of threepenny pieces.
§ THE EARL OF DUNDEE
From the inception of the scheme for introducing telephone coin boxes that take threepenny pieces, there has been close co-operation between the Post Office, the banks and the Royal Mint to see that banks and Post Offices in the area affected have adequate supplies of threepenny pieces available in advance of the installation of the new boxes. In the three years 1960–62 the Royal Mint issued 160 million threepenny pieces compared with 70 million pieces in the preceding three years and I am not aware of any shortage.
House adjourned at twenty-one minutes past seven o'clock.