Steady and satisfactory expansion of the work of the Scottish branch of the National Playing Fields Association was reported by Lord Forbes, the chairman, at the annual meeting in the City Chambers, Edinburgh yesterday. It was pleasing, he said, to find an increasing number of requests for technical assistance, as well as an increase in the number of bodies making or assisting to make their own playing fields. To assist such efforts they had decided to adopt a free-of-interest loan policy. They believed such loans would fill a real need, for however keen sponsors of a scheme might be to complete it with grant aid, it might take time to raise funds, and there might be difficulty in meeting bills. They hoped it would give a fillip to smaller schemes, which often got so far and no further. There was clearly great need for more playing fields when Edinburgh and Glasgow alone were some 70 per cent short of the association's standard.