Oral Answers to Questions — Technology – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th January 1967.
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asked the Minister of Technology what consultations he has had with the computer industry about the choice of unit for a decimal currency; and with what result.
None, Sir, but representatives of a number of computer manufacturers gave evidence or submitted memoranda to the Committee of Enquiry on Decimal Currency.
As a decision on the system has still to be made, will the Minister consider carefully the advantages of working with a pure decimal system rather than one involving a fraction?
This is not an important element in the decision, as the £ unit
will make little practical difference to efficiency in commercial data processing. Indeed computers, being basically binary machines, are really good at multiplying or dividing by two.
Mr. Gresham Cooke:
In the technological age in which we are supposed to be living, is it not really ridiculous to keep the halfpenny going for another two generations as is planned?
That is a question for my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
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