Written Answers. - Sterling Holdings.

asked the Minister for Finance if he will state the total amount of sterling holdings of the Currency Commission and Central Bank on the 31st December, 1938, 1939 and 1946.

In my reply to a question by the Deputy on the 13th instant I indicated the publications which contain the information he requires.

asked the Minister for Finance if he will state the total amount of sterling holdings of: (a) Trustee Savings Banks; (b) Post Office Savings Bank Fund; (c) Savings Certificates (Reserve) Fund; (d) National Health Insurance Fund; and (e) other Government funds on the 31st December, 1938, 1939 and 1946.

Following is the information requested:—

Sterling Holdings (£ millions)

31st December, 1938

31st December, 1939

31st December 1946

Trustee Savings Banks

2.3*

2.5*

0.4*

Post Office Savings Bank Fund

5.6

4.9

32.9

Savings Certificates (Reserve) Fund

3.0

3.1

4.8

National Health Insurance Fund

1.7

1.5

2.2

Other Government Funds

3.0

2.9

6.2

* At 20th November.