Banknote contract 'could go abroad'

AOL Money Staff
Five and ten pound notes
Five and ten pound notes

An overseas company could seize control of the country's banknote production under a new £1 billion Bank of England contract.

Official tender documents for the 14-year deal to print all the Bank's notes have been sent to interested bidders and could end Basingstoke-based De La Rue's involvement since 2003.