§ 31. Captain HEILGERS
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that beet-sugar factories are in many instances either refusing contracts to previous growers or offering them a considerably reduced acreage; and, seeing that this large reduction is not in accordance with the conditions under which a subsidy was granted for the years 1935 and 1936 crop, can he now make a statement clarifying the position?
§ The MINISTER of AGRICULTURE (Mr. Elliot)
The further interim measure of assistance to the beet-sugar industry for which the Government propose to invite Parliament to make provision is confined as announced on 6th February to the 1935 crop. It is limited to the produce of 375,000 acres as against, 404,000 in 1934. This reduction in acreage must inevitably be reflected in the contracts.