HC Deb 23 April 1951 vol 487 cc14-5
33. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Minister of Food how much sugar has been produced in the sugar beet campaign which has recently ended.

Mr. F. Willey

Production from the 1950–51 campaign amounted to 374,000 tons refined and 330,000 tons of raw sugar—equivalent, in all, to 677,000 tons of refined sugar.

Mr. Lewis

Can my hon. Friend say how these figures compare with the previous year?

Mr. Willey

Yes, Sir, they constitute a record.

Mr. E. Martin Smith

Can the Parliamentary Secretary estimate how much sugar was lost through delay in processing, because not enough factories were available to take the crop this year?

Mr. Willey

I can assure the House that very little was lost. The Corporation and all the employees did a grand job.

Mr. Nabarro

In view of the magnificent production record of the British Sugar Corporation in this matter, will the hon. Gentleman resist any future temptation to meddle in the industry by nationalisation?