Sugar Beet (Excise Duty).

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 21st February 1922.

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Photo of Mr George Edwards Mr George Edwards , Norfolk Southern

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that, in consequence of the abnormal losses of the last two seasons, the continuance of the two experimental sugar-beet factories is threatened unless some relief is given immediately in the form of Excise rebate; and whether, in view of the opinion that the development of the sugar-beet industry in this country would be of benefit and would bring prosperity to the industry of agriculture, he will consider, in connection with the forthcoming Budget, the possibility of agreeing to the petition presented to the Government for the removal or reduction of the Excise Duty on Home-grown sugar?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

The present position of the sugar-beet industry in this country is now being carefully considered. Meantime, I am not in a position to make any statement.

Photo of Mr Henry Croft Mr Henry Croft , Bournemouth

Does the right hon Gentleman realise the urgency of this question, and in view of the fact that representatives of the Labour party as well as other quarters of the House feel that this matter is very serious can he take an immediate decision on the subject?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

The Budget is also a very urgent question.