§ Major Braithwaite
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to the alarming increase of short-term credits to farmers; what is the reason for this increase; if it is being obtained at reasonable rates of interest; and whether he has any proposals for granting additional credits from His Majesty's Government at cheaper rates of interest?
§ Mr. W. S. Morrison
I am not aware that there has recently been any substantial increase in farmers' short-term credits. The second and third parts of the question, therefore, do not arise. As regards the last part, I have nothing to add to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Gravesend (Sir I. Albery) on 8th December.