§ SIR WILLIAM WEDDERBURN (Banffshire)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India what have been the practical results of Mr. Nicholson's inquiry of 1897 regarding agricultural banks as a means of relieving the rural population of India from oppression by the moneylenders; what were Mr. Nicholson's recommendations as regards making early experiments in establishing agricultural banks; and what steps have been taken to carry out his recommendations, and what success has attended the action of Government.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Lord G. HAMILTON,) Middlesex, Ealing
I have not yet received from the Government of India an expression of their views upon the proposals made in Mr. Nicholson's report upon the formation of agricultural banks; but I understand that orders have recently been passed by the Government of Madras on this important matter. I am not yet in a position to state in detail the nature of those orders, but I expect to hear during the present season from the Government of India, who have only recently received the report of the Madras Government on the subject.