HC Deb 11 July 1940 vol 362 c1344
63. Mr. Pethick-Lawrence

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in his arrangement with banks for providing credits for contractors, he has stipulated for a maximum rate of interest and other charges; if so, what the maximum is; and whether he has undertaken any liability to the banks on account of any such credits granted by them?

Sir K. Wood

I do not consider such a stipulation is necessary, as I am satisfied that the banks have not taken, nor do they wish to take, any advantage of the present emergency. No undertaking has been given on behalf of tine Government on account of any such credits.

Mr. Pethick-Lawrence

Is the Chancellor aware that the rates charged by the banks under this arrangement for which the Government have ultimately to pay, are considered by many people unnecessarily high?

Sir K. Wood

I have not received any complaints about the matter. If the right hon. Gentleman will send me cases, I will look into them.

Mr. Shinwell

Should the rates of interest be any higher than the Government are prepared to pay to those who are ready to lend money to the State?

Sir K. Wood

This arrangement is working perfectly well, and there have been no complaints of any kind.

Mr. Stokes

Is it not about time the Government took control of the nation's credit?

Mr. De le Bère

Is not there a great deal of unfinished thought about the whole business?

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