HC Deb 31 July 1907 vol 179 cc956-7

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board if he will apply a portion of the unemployed fund this year towards the encouragement of the culture of sugar beet and the erection of sugar mills in Lincolnshire and Suffolk, as that industry gives the maximum amount of employment during the growing period and also during the winter when the sugar is manufactured.

MR. RUNCIMAN (for Mr. John Burns)

My right hon. friend does not think he can add anything to the Answer he gave to a similar Question by the hon. Member on 7th March last.† As he then stated, it rests with the local bodies under the Unemployed Workmen Act to propose schemes of temporary work for the unemployed; but he added that he would not regard with favour a proposal that a factory for the manufacture of sugar should be established out of the grant.