HC Deb 26 November 1952 vol 508 cc443-4
28. Mr. Gough

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that the closing of the Singleton and Cocking railway stations will affect adversely the sugar beet growers and other agriculturists in that neighbourhood; and whether, in view of this, he will reconsider the question of erecting a sugar beet factory at Chichester.

Major Lloyd George

I understand that although the closing of the railway stations at Singleton and Cocking for goods traffic is being considered no decision has yet been reached.

Mr. Gough

Would my right hon. and gallant Friend exercise his influence and ask the Railway Executive to make no final decision until it is possible to build a factory in that part of the south of England?

Major Lloyd George

I am quite prepared to make representations, but the fact is that the total tonnage in this area is about 180,000 and that going through these two stations is only about 2,800.

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