HC Deb 12 May 1931 vol 252 c980

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the acreage of sugar-beet contracted for this year by the Cupar beet factory; the price payable to the growers; and the subsidy payable to the factory?


The number of acres contracted for is 1,036. The price payable to the growers for each ton of topped and washed beet delivered into the factory will be 38s. for beet with a sugar content of 15½ per cent., with an addition of 2s. 6d. per ton for each subsequent 1 per cent. increase in sugar content. It is impossible to estimate the total subsidy payable until the crop has been lifted and the quantity of beets ascertained. As regards the rate of subsidy payable, I would refer the hon. and learned Member to the terms of the First Schedule to the British Sugar (Subsidy) Act, 1925, and to the statement made by the Prime Minister on the 12th February regarding a special advance to the factories in respect of sugar manufactured in the 1931–32 campaign.