Sugar-Beet Industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons at on 23 November 1931.

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Photo of Major Bertie Leighton Major Bertie Leighton , Oswestry

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can make any statement with regard to the policy of the Government towards the sugar-beet industry?

Photo of Captain Sir Peter Macdonald Captain Sir Peter Macdonald , Isle of Wight

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has now reached any decision as to the renewal of the sugar-beet subsidy; and, if so, whether he will make an early announcement in order to assist farmers in making their plans for the coming season?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

While it is my intention to consider every branch of agriculture in connection with agricultural policy, I can at present make no announcement on any particular aspect of that policy. So far as concerns sugar-beet contracts for the ensuing season, I have nothing to add to the answer which I gave on the 12th November to my hon. Friend, the Member for Hallam (Mr. L. Smith) on this subject, of which I am sending a copy to each of my hon. and gallant Friends.

Photo of Major Bertie Leighton Major Bertie Leighton , Oswestry

Can the right hon. Gentleman give the same assurance as was given by the right hon. Member for Bewdley (Mr. Baldwin) that the sugar-beet industry will not be let down?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

I am very anxious that the industry should not be let down, but, as to details, I cannot now go into them?

Photo of Captain Sir Peter Macdonald Captain Sir Peter Macdonald , Isle of Wight

If this question is repeated this day week will the right hon. Gentleman be in a position to give an answer?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

I am not prepared to say, on this particular point.

Photo of Sir Basil Peto Sir Basil Peto , Barnstaple

Will the right hon. Gentleman press upon the Chancellor of the Exchequer that the cheapest and simplest method of dealing with this question is by duties and not by subsidy?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

All those questions will, no doubt, be gone into.