asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that difficulties are being experienced by the banks in obtaining sufficient Jubilee crowns for distribution especially to children during Jubilee Week; and what steps have been taken to increase production to meet likely demand.
I am aware of these difficulties, which are due to the unexpectedly high demand. Over 15 million crowns have already been distributed to banks and post offices and it is expected that the total will exceed 20 million by Jubilee Week. These figures compare with total demands of only 6 million and 7½ million respectively at the time of Her Majesty's Coronation and Silver Wedding.The Royal Mint, in co-operation with the banks, is doing everything possible to meet the urgent need. Night shifts and weekend work have for some time been in operation at the Royal Mint, and banks have been asked to give priority to demands associated with children's parties in Jubilee Week.Production will continue as necessary after Jubilee Week, and members of the public who do not need their coins urgently would help the distribution to children if they would defer their orders.