I certainly cannot, in reply to the last part of that supplementary question, but on the main part and point of it, when the time comes the claims of all parts of the country will be very carefully considered.
But if the plans are not already made but it is known that the Mint will at some time be shifted, should they not be hastened up? Is not this precisely the kind of establishment which could well be shifted from London and put into an area which is badly needing employment? Would that not be better for the country as a whole?
Does the right hon. Gentleman recall that we debated yesterday plans for twenty years ahead—up to 1981—and presumably the location of the new Mint, if we get one, would be included in those plans? Surely the right hon. Gentleman should be able to give the House some idea of when a decision will be taken, and if and when the Government come to a conclusion, will they not have regard to the unemployment situation referred to by my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh, East (Mr. Willis), because this is the only chance the unemployed in Scotland will have of seeing any money?
Not only on Tower Hill but elsewhere. Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that among the titles of the Master of the Mint is that of Governor of the Mint of Scotland and that this has been so since 1817 when the Edinburgh Mint was closed down and its offices transferred to London? If there has got to be a resiting of the Royal Mint, would it not be only a matter of historical accuracy, and of just continuity, and of justice to transfer the titles the other way, so that in future the Governor of the Scottish Mint is also the Master of the London Mint?
I am sure that my right hon. Friend will still retain that ancient office, and when the time comes to make this decision I am sure he will give the hon. Gentleman's proposition due weight.
Is the Chief Secretary not aware that a lot taxpayers are not as much interested in where the new Mint is to be as to what happened to the old one at St. Luke's that the Bank of England sold to Oddenino's Trust, who within a month made a profit of nearly £750,000 by selling it back to the L.C.C.?