HC Deb 24 October 1935 vol 305 c310
43. Viscount ELMLEY

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can make a statement regarding the progress of amalgamation of beet-sugar factories?


The Beet Sugar Factories Committee are, I understand, actively engaged in drawing up a scheme of amalgamation which at the appropriate time will be examined by the temporary Sugar Tribunal under the chairmanship of Sir Francis Humphrys, set up for that purpose by my right hon. Friends the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Minister of Agriculture. For the convenience of Members, a copy of the Press notice which was issued on the appointment of this Tribunal is being circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the Press notice: Following upon the decision of the Government, announced in their Statement of Sugar Policy (Command 4964) which was presented to Parliament in July last, to set up a temporary Sugar Tribunal, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries have appointed the following persons to act in that capacity:—
  • Lieut.-Colonel Sir Francis Henry Humphrys, G.C.M.G., G.C.V.O., K.B.E., C.I.E.
  • Sir Thomas D. Barlow, K.B.E., and William E. Mortimer, Esq.
The purpose of the Tribunal is to examine and advise upon any scheme for amalgamating the companies at present engaged in the production of sugar from home-grown beet which the Beet Sugar Factories Committee may submit for the Government's approval. Sir Francis Humphrys is the Chairman and the Secretary is Dr. C. Burgess, to whom all communications should be addressed at the Offices of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, 10, Whitehall Place, S.W.1.