HC Deb 01 May 1935 vol 301 cc364-5
39. Mr. THORNE

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether any experiments have been made in the cultivation of the soya bean in this country; and whether the soya bean is or has been cultivated in any of the British Dominions, and with what success?


Experiments in the cultivation of the soya bean have been carried out in this country for some years past, the largest and most recent being conducted in the favourable climatic conditions of 1933 and 1934, but it is too early to judge whether the crop can be grown commercially in this country. It is understood that the soya bean has also been grown and with some success but on a limited scale in certain parts of the Dominions.


Do the Government propose to give a subsidy to stimulate this industry, with a view to the employment of more labour?