HC Deb 30 June 1910 vol 18 c1090
Captain COOPER

asked the Chief Secretary what proportion of the money advanced to credit societies in Ireland was looked upon by the Department of Agriculture as irrecoverable; and whether any further steps were to be taken to endeavour to recover this money?


The Department's inspectors thought that about £600 was bad or doubtful, but it is impossible to say how much may ultimately prove to be irrecoverable. Such steps as seem most suitable will be taken in each case.


Can the right hon. Gentleman give the House, for the information of Members, what interest is Chargéd by these banks to farmers for money advanced?


I cannot answer that question at random because the rates vary so much.