Should Britain have a decimal coinage, with units of tens and hundreds rather than twelves and twenties?
Reporter and Mr Stevenson.
Transcript: "Mr Stevenson, what do shopkeepers think about a decimal system?"
American visitors, girl and man.
"I'd rather have pounds, shillings and pence, really".
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Background: Should Britain have a decimal coinage, with units of tens and hundreds rather than twelves and twenties? That is the question the National Chamber of Trade in London has been asking shopkeepers up and down the country.
The Chamber's General Secretary, Mr Stevenson, summed up the shopkeepers' view as compiled from hundreds of questionnaires:
He pointed out that 50% of the shopkeepers approached on the subject were in favour of a decimal system, and 23% approach of it with reservations, while the rest - less than 30% - thought it would be better to stick to the traditional system.
American visitors to Britain - used to a metric currency system at home - gave their opinion on a possible change:
A girl did not see much advantage in such a change since she had to "convert into dollars anyway", while a man thought it would make handling English money "50 to 75% easier".
The English schoolboy was less enthusiastic "I'd rather have pounds, shillings and pence, really."