Burma Resources Committee.

At the Burma Resources Committee to-day [in Rangoon, on August 13], the chairman, Mr. J.P. Hardiman, Controller of Munitions, announced that the Tata Industrial Bank intended to open a branch in Burma as soon as possible, the date being governed by the difficulty at present of obtaining staff. A sub-committee was appointed to consider and report on the best methods of encouraging the trade in hides raw and tanned. Further information is being collected regarding the necessity for the appointment of a controller of fuel supplies for Burma. The chairman said he had obtained an authoritative statement from the Government of India regarding the recent communique on wooden ship building to the effect that the communique leaves it open to the Government to requisition any wooden ship hereafter built whether with or without auxiliary engines subject to a proviso regarding price. The difficulty of obtaining masters for wooden sailing ships was mentioned.