HC Deb 17 February 1955 vol 537 c534
3. Mr. Morley

asked the Minister of Agriculture when he will give sanction for the construction of a sugar-beet factory for the use of Hampshire and adjoining counties.

Mr. Amory

I have nothing to add to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Newbury (Mr. Hurd) on 24th November last.

Mr. Morley

Is the Minister aware that his answer of 24th November was found by the National Farmers' Union to be very unsatisfactory? Would not the erection of such a beet factory improve the fodder situation and also the rotation of crops, secure a lessening of transport charges and a saving of dollars? In view of those facts, will the right hon. Gentleman look at the matter again?

Mr. Amory

If the hon. Member looks back to the answer which I gave on that occasion, I think he will find that I did say I was sorry to have to reach this decision, but I also gave the reasons why I felt I had to reach it, and I am afraid that those reasons still hold good.