HC Deb 23 July 1940 vol 363 cc604-5
56. Mr. Mander

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the total amount of loans to the Government, free of interest, made up to date by trade unions and employers' organisations?

Captain Crookshank

I do not think it desirable that I should depart, even in the case of interest-free loans, from the usual practice of not publishing any detail of the amounts received. My right hon. Friend would wish me to repeat the thanks he recently expressed to these organisations and others for their response to his appeal.

Mr. Mander

As it has been announced that the Trades Union Congress has advanced £10,000 free of interest, can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman say whether any employers' organisations have made similar advances?

Captain Crookshank

I have just said that my right hon. Friend does not think it desirable to depart from the usual practice.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

Has the right hon. and gallant Gentleman's Department had cause to express the thanks of the Treasury to the joint stock banks for any of these interest-free loans?

Captain Crookshank

If I answered that question, I should be doing what I said was not my right hon. Friend's desire.

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