HC Deb 07 August 1912 vol 41 c3174

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Government intend to adhere to their suggestion that Great Britain shall cease to remain a contracting party to the Sugar Convention; and, if so, whether he will state if he has formed any estimate as to the extent to which the output of British refineries will be diminished, the extent to which the West Indian trade will suffer, and the extent to which such policy will have a deterrent effect upon the development of the British sugar-beet industry?


My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this question. The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. In the opinion of His Majesty's Government, their decision in this matter is not likely to affect adversely the output of British refineries, the trade of the West Indies, or the prospects of the British sugar-beet industry.