§ 32. Mr. C. Osborne
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer in view of the fact that hire-purchase debts increased by £31 million in March as compared with £16 million in January and February, and is now 27 per cent. higher than a year ago at £920 million, if he is satisfied that his recent action to check the growth of hire purchase is proving; adequate; and what further action he, contemplates.
§ Mr. Osborne
If the next hire-purchase returns do not show a substantial fall, 1091 will my right hon. Friend take really severe action to compel the nation to try to live within its income in this matter?
Perhaps we had better wait and see what the results are of the steps which have already been taken.