HC Deb 16 November 1939 vol 353 cc825-6
52. Sir Percy Hurd

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will invite the leading banks into conference with representative agricultural bodies so that, on the basis of the price guarantees now given by the Government, a more effective short-term credit scheme may be devised to further the food production campaign?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

I have already expressed the hope that with the prospect of satisfactory markets and prices additional credit for farmers will be forthcoming from normal sources of supply. I will, however, consider my hon. Friend's suggestion.

Sir P. Hurd

Is my right hon. Friend aware that it is difficult to get the Government's agricultural plans going unless some such effective measure is taken?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

I am aware of that.

Mr. Palinx0123;

In view of these price guarantees to farmers, will the right hon. Gentleman do something for the workers who have not been given an increase in wages?