HC Deb 21 June 1917 vol 94 c1936
17. Mr. O'DOWD

asked the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) whether beet can be profitably grown on soils of even inferior quality; and, if so, whether, in view of the scarcity of sugar, the Department will take steps to encourage the growth of that crop in Ireland?

Sir T. W. RUSSELL (Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture, Ireland)

Sugar beet is not as suitable as other crops for cultivation on inferior soils and would under normal conditions not be so profitable. As regards the question of encouraging beet-growing, I would refer to the answers given to questions by the hon. Members for South Sligo and North Westmeath on the 19th March, 17th April and 18th June.