§ COLONEL VICTOR MILWARD (Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether the Board of Agriculture have any information based upon previous experiments that sugar beet can be grown in this country of a quality suited to the production of sugar; whether, in accordance with the request of the Central Chamber of Agriculture, the Board of Agriculture will take cognisance and publish the results of the 400 to 500 experiments which are taking place this year in England, Scotland, and Ireland in the growth of sugar beet?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE (Mr. W. H. LONG,) Liverpool, West Derby
We have for some years past been disposed to think that sugar beet might be cultivated with advantage in certain districts, and in seasons in which the climate and other conditions are especially favourable for its growth, provided always that the prices which could be obtained for the produce were satisfactory. I have indicated to the Central Chamber of Agriculture that we shall be glad to co-operate with them in the preparation of a thoroughly satisfactory form of record for use in cases where sugar beet is experimentally grown, and later on to consider whether we can assist in bringing the facts under the notice of agriculturists generally. We also have it in mind to prepare and publish information regarding the investigations made and experience acquired on this subject during the past 30 years.