§ 43. Mr. K. Thompson
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will arrange for the minting of groats.
§ 44. Mr. Chetwynd
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the increase to 4d. of call-box telephone calls and the inconvenience to the public in having the requisite number of coins available, he will reintroduce the fourpenny groat.
§ 51. Mr. Collins
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will now consider the minting of fourpenny pieces.
§ Mr. H. Brooke
The addition of a further coin denomination to those already in use would be attended by various practical difficulties, and it would 840 complicate the giving of change and checking of accounts. I would therefore prefer to await evidence that there is serious need for a groat.
§ Mr. Thompson
Does not my right hon. Friend consider that it would be a very great convenience, in many ways, to have 4d. pieces in circulation, particularly if we could have a lot of them?
§ Mr. Chetwynd
As under this Government's policies 4d. now only has the value of 3d. could not the right hon. Gentleman transfer the 3d. bit to a 4d. bit? Would not that get over his difficulties?
§ Mr. Collins
Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether his decision has been influenced by the belief that, owing to this Government's policy, before the coins could be minted the minimum charge for a telephone call would be 6d.?