Mr. De la Bère
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is now in a position to make some statement in connection with the liberalisation of bank loans to farmers and the working of the bank liaison officers with the county war agricultural committees?
The liaison arrangements with the banks are now in operation. Meetings have been arranged by most of the county war agricultural executive committees with representatives of the banks at which the part that the banks can play in financing agriculture has been fully discussed, and a few cases in which farmers have submitted complaints have been jointly investigated. I am glad to be able to say that these liaison arrangements have been welcomed by county committees, and I expect them increasingly to serve the purpose I had in mind, of promoting mutual understanding between the banks and agricultural interests.