HC Deb 25 February 1954 vol 524 c541
3. Mr. Driberg

asked the Minister of Agriculture how soon he expects that it will be possible to start building a new sugar-beet factory in the South of England.

Sir T. Dugdale

As I explained in the reply that I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Newbury (Mr. Kurd) on 19th November, 1953, this problem is being studied in the first place by a group of officials. The officials are now in process of taking the views of the representatives of the growers and others interested.

Mr. Driberg

How long does that process take?

Sir T. Dugdale

I think not very long. The officials are getting on with the inquiry as speedily as possible.

Mr. H. Nicholls

Will my right hon. Friend keep in mind that any new sugar-beet factory which will relieve congestion at the Peterborough sugar-beet factory will open up extra sugar beet acreage in that area, which is going to be very considerable?

Mr. D. Marshall

In view of his reply, can my right hon. Friend tell us whether the same consideration will be given in regard to a factory in the South-West of England?

Sir T. Dugdale

I have answered the Question on the Order Paper.

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