HC Deb 06 March 1934 vol 286 cc1651-2

asked the Minister of Agriculture, having regard to the draft scheme for the marketing of sugar, whether he will state what is the present composition of the general committee of the sugar industry and what are its functions?


The General Committee of the United Kingdom Sugar Industry consists of representatives of the 15 companies operating beet sugar factories in England and Scotland and seven sugar refining companies. The committee was set up by the industry with the object of promoting agreement in the industry as a whole and of submitting agreed reorganisation proposals to the Government.


asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what would have been the revenue derived from duties upon sugar and molasses manufactured from beet grown in Great Britain in 1933 if duties had been levied upon them at the rates chargeable upon sugar and molasses imported from foreign countries and from Empire countries, respectively?


Precise figures relating to sugar and molasses manufac- tured from beet grown in a particular year are not available but the approximate amount of duty which would have been paid on sugar and molasses manufactured from home-grown beet delivered for home consumption in 1933 had duty been charged at the rates applicable to sugar and molasses imported from foreign countries and Empire countries respectively is as follows:

From foreign countries 4,602,000
From Empire countries 2,107,000