§ Mr. John Wells
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will take steps to assist farmers and horticulturalists to obtain mortgages on cottages and farmhouses erected subject to a planning restriction that they may only be used for agricultural dwellings.
§ Mr. John Mackie
Mortgages for this purpose are not normally distinguishable134W from mortgages for agricultural and horticultural purposes generally. I have no reason to doubt that funds can be obtained from the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation and other lenders on long term. These must necessarily be at the current rates of interest which, for reasons that the hon. Member will appreciate, are for the time being higher than normal.