Oral Answers to Questions — Sugar-Beet Industry.

– in the House of Commons on 14th July 1931.

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Photo of Mr James de Rothschild Mr James de Rothschild , Isle of Ely


asked the Minister of Agriculture if he can state when it was decided to hold an inquiry into the sugar-beet industry; what length of time the investigations took; and what was the date originally proposed for publishing the result of these investigations?

Photo of Dr Christopher Addison Dr Christopher Addison , Swindon

The preparation of the report on the sugar-beet industry was commenced in June, 1929. The investigation was completed in April, 1931, and the report, which is of a most exhaustive character, was published last month. As I stated in this House in January, 1930, it was hoped that the report would be completed in June, 1930, but in order to supplement the available information both at home and abroad a larger number of inquiries were necessary than was originally anticipated.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say why the preparation of this report was entrusted to two representatives of the industry itself and one representative of the Ministry of Agriculture?

Photo of Dr Christopher Addison Dr Christopher Addison , Swindon

I understand that there were two authors—one a member of the staff of the Ministry and the other the secretary of the Association of Beet Sugar Companies.


Were they not also assisted in a consultative capacity by one of the directors of the sugar-beet companies?

Photo of Dr Christopher Addison Dr Christopher Addison , Swindon

I have not any information on that point, but, if they are to get the information, they must consult the companies.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

Is this why every member was sent a copy-free gratis?