Coinage (Pence)

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments – in the House of Commons on 20th April 1944.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Assheton Pownall Lieut-Colonel Sir Assheton Pownall , Lewisham East

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the period which has elapsed since pence were minted and of the shortages of that denomination which have been experienced, he will now direct the coinage of pence to be resumed.

Photo of Sir John Anderson Sir John Anderson , Combined Scottish Universities

The utmost economy in the use of metals, fuel and man-power remains a most important consideration. I have, however, felt justified in authorising the Royal Mint to coin pence as opportunity offers, with a view to a limited issue, if such proves necessary, in the autumn of this year.