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Decimal Currency And Metric System

Volume 649: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1961

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer to what extent the policy of the Government towards the adoption of decimal currency and the metric system of measurement is dependent on entry of the United Kingdom into the Common Market.

The possibility of our changing over to a decimal currency system or a metric system of measurement does not depend on our joining the Common Market. Although we are considering these important questions independently, we shall certainly bear in mind that the decimal coinage and metric group includes the countries of the European Economic Community.