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Vending Machines

Volume 129: debated on Thursday 10 March 1988

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to compensate or pay a modification charge to owners of coin-operated vending machines when the new and changed size 5 pence and 10 pence coins are introduced from 1991 onwards and while the old shape and weight coins are still in circulation.

No. It has not been Government policy in the past to pay compensation when new coins were introduced, and I see no reason to change now. The Government have, however, taken full account of representations from the vending industry in designing the new coins, and have given plenty of notice of the change.