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Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 13 February 1980

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will make a statement about the future of the sixpence.

As a result of the review of the future of the old sixpence announced in the House on 8 November 1979 a Royal Proclamation under section 3(e) of the Coinage Act 1971 was made earlier today calling in all coins of the denomination of two and a half new pence by 30 June 1980. After this date the coin will no longer be current or legal tender in the United Kingdom.