Sugar Beet

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th April 1965.

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Photo of Sir John Gilmour Sir John Gilmour , Fife East 12:00 am, 14th April 1965

Does not the continued decline in the acreage being grown for sugar beet factories show that the average grower in Scotland is only just covering his costs? In view of the fact that 60 per cent. of the cost of beet growing arises from the cost of labour and the cost of fertilisers, and that both are now rising, is there not an urgent need to reconsider the price paid for sugar beet in Scotland?