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Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill: Clause 8. — (Short title, construction and citation.) (18 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: Mr. Glenvil Hall indicated assent.

Orders of the Day — Schedule. (18 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: I am very happy to say that the Government are able on this occasion to accept this Amendment, and to see that it is embodied in the Bill. I ought perhaps to add that in actual fact no Amendment is necessary. The reason why the crown does not appear in the Schedule is that for sometime now crowns have not been made. But that does not mean that they cannot legally be made. They can be made...

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill (15 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: I am sorry to interrupt the hon. Gentleman, but it should be made quite clear that this silver amounting to 88,000,000 ounces, to which he has referred, was a loan. We have had the silver and it is now a question of repaying it

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill (15 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: I think all of us will agree with the right hon. Gentleman the Member for West Bristol (Mr. Stanley) that the Bill which we are discussing is not really a party issue at all. I think I can go farther, and say that all hon. Members in every quarter of the House—and I am positive the same goes for the general public outside—regret the proposal that from now on our coinage should cease to...

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill (15 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: I am very glad to be able to put the hon. Gentleman right on that matter. The United States are not pressing us in any way. We do know that this obligation exists. There was an understanding that it should be repaid in the course of the next five years or thereabouts, and this was one of the arguments put forward by my right hon. Friend as a reason for making an early start. Obviously the...

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill (15 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: If I may quite briefly answer those two points together—the point was made in other words by the hon. Member for Torquay—it crossed my mind, and it must have crossed the minds of other hon. Members on this side, to wonder whether he feels the same when he has a £5 note in his pocket, because the £5 note is intrinsically even more worthless than the token coins which he has in his...

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill (15 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: I took the right hon. Gentleman's words down: he said that a bad Chancellor, like a bad king, was one who would reduce the value of our money, and when I interrupted—

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill (15 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: My hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Dulwich (Major Vernon) suggested that the Chancellor may some day have it in his heart to restore silver coinage, purely on sentimental grounds, and I think that what he said finds an echo in the hearts of most of us. We rather like silver. The word itself is a lovely word, and we like to think that our token coinage does contain silver. What will...

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill (15 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: I do not want to labour that point; we have other business tonight, and I do not desire to keep the House any longer on this matter. It is the desire of my right hon. Friend that this change over should be made smoothly, and that the new coinage which takes the place of the present silver token coinage should be worthy of this country in every respect. He desires that the change should be...

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill (15 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: We are not proposing to make any more silver coins.

Orders of the Day — Coinage Bill (15 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: The general feeling is that the twelve-sided threepenny piece is a boon and a blessing to men. [HON. MEMBERS: "NO."] That is a matter which could perhaps be raised, if hon. Members desired to raise it, in Committee. I can assure the hon. and gallant Gentleman that we have no intention of manufacturing threepenny bits in silver, as he suggests, and it may be a long time before cupro-nickel...

Orders of the Day — PUBLIC WORKS LOANS (No. 2) BILL (15 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: I beg to move, "That the Bill be now read a Second time." The main purpose of Public Works Loan Bills is to authorise a maximum sum of money which may be advanced to the Public Works Loan Commissioners for the purpose of making advances normally to local authorities, until the next Bill is passed. As the House will probably remember, it is only six months ago since we passed the previous...

Orders of the Day — PUBLIC WORKS LOANS (No. 2) BILL (15 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: If I may speak again by leave of the House, I will answer briefly one or two of the points that have been made, particularly from the Benches opposite. I cannot help thinking that the hon. and gallant Member for Chichester (Lieut.-Commander Joynson-Hicks) is under a misapprehension as to what we are trying to do. We are not suggesting in this Bill that money should be taken from the...

Orders of the Day — PUBLIC WORKS LOANS (No. 2) BILL (15 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: To answer the second point first, it is difficult for me to give a categorical reply. I wish I could do so. As the right hon. Gentleman knows, since he once occupied the office of Financial Secretary, it is very difficult to make an estimate with any degree of accuracy in a situation such as that which now faces us. The provision of housing, schools and hospitals, and the changes to which not...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Travellers' Currency (10 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: The exchange cost of outward travellers during the six months ended 31st August, 1946, was about £9 million for travellers to Europe and £4 million for travellers to the U.S.A. No figures of receipts from inward travellers are available.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: War Damage Payments (Elderly People) (10 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: As my right hon. Friend indicated in reply to Questions on 30th April last, there are practical difficulties which make it impossible, he is afraid, to apply a special priority for old people in the discharge of payments under the War Damage Acts.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: War Damage Payments (Elderly People) (10 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: The difficulty is to decide how far hardship can go before one recognises it. I would say, on behalf of my right hon. Friend, that he is giving a good deal of thought to this, and we are anxious at the earliest possible moment to do something to clear up these outstanding points.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Concert Hall (10 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: I am aware of the shortage of concert halls in London, of the Henry Wood Memorial Fund, and that proposals have been made for the erection of concert halls in London. While the Government are in sympathy with the common aim of these proposals, they do not appear to be sufficiently far advanced for the Government to express a preference for any one of them.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Concert Hall (10 Oct 1946)

Mr George Hall: So far as the Park Square site is concerned, I gather they had a site but no money, and there is some doubt whether the site chosen would bear a building of this kind in view of the fact that the Underground Railway runs about 70 feet beneath it.


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