HC Deb 05 May 1924 vol 173 c63W

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware of the difficulty experienced by many smallholders in carrying on; whether these have to any extent taken advantage of the Agricultural Credits Act; and what is the aggregate sum advanced to them hitherto?


As was stated in reply to the hon. Member on the 16th April, the present position of the statutory smallholder is, on the whole, satisfactory, although I am aware that they have been faced with adverse conditions during the preceding years; as regards the last part of the question, I regret that up to the present smallholders have not availed themselves of the facilities provided by Section 2 of the Agricultural Credits Act, 1923. Three credit societies have been registered, but none of these have yet made application to the Ministry for advances.