Dan Jarvis MP, opposition Lead on First World War commemoration asked George Osborne about the campaign for a Cavell coin at treasury Questions on Tuesday:
Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central) (Lab): Next year will mark 100 years since the execution of Edith Cavell, the brave nurse who saved countless lives during world war one. In this important year of remembrance, will the Chancellor join me and the 110,000 people who have signed an online petition and urge the Royal Mint to mark the anniversary by including Edith Cavell on its list of designs for the new £2 coin, so that we can honour all those who served and made sacrifices for our country in different ways a century ago?
Mr Osborne: As well as being Chancellor of the Exchequer, I am Master of the Royal Mint. I can therefore address the hon. Gentleman’s question directly. I am certainly aware of the campaign, and I of course honour the bravery and sacrifice of Edith Cavell. There will be a whole series of coins to commemorate the first world war, some of which will be in general circulation and some of which will be for collectors. Like previous Governments, we act on the advice of a Royal Mint advisory committee on these topics, but I will directly take up with it the suggestion of marking Edith Cavell’s sacrifice and make sure that it is honoured in an appropriate way.
So Mr Osborne has read the 100.000 petition & knows all about us. Thank you to all of you for making that possible!
I will be pressing on to ensure that we have a £2 coin that goes into general circulation & not just a collector's coin. Other MPs from across the parties have supported the coin. The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP will be tabling an EDM - a parliamentary petition - in support of the coin. Please can you write/email your local MP to ask them to support it.
And finally, Pip & Kit (the two Cavell descendants) and I have been invited onto ITV's "This Morning" early in August to talk about our campaign to remember a remarkable woman. Will let you know nearer the time when the exact date will be.
Thank you for your support. When I set off in January it was a dream. I think it's going to become a reality. You made it happen!