§ 63. Captain P. MACDONALD
asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the present position with regard to the evolution of a scheme to ensure fair treatment for growers of sugar beet who live at long distances from sugar-beet factories; and whether it may be assumed that a scheme for their adequate compensation will be in operation by next season?
As my hon. and gallant Friend will be aware, the Sugar Commission have been asked to consider and report whether in their view it is desirable and practicable to effect any change in the provisions regarding transport charges hitherto contained in contracts for the sale and purchase of sugar beet. The Commission have informed me that they have not yet come to any conclusion as to whether any permanent change in these transport provisions is desirable. It has now fallen to the Commission, however, to determine the terms and conditions of the contracts for the purchase of next season's beet crop, including the question whether any provision should be made to reduce the transport charges incurred by growers situated at a distance from the nearest factory. I understand that the Commission hope to make their determination shortly.