§ 16. Mr. G. Jeger
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will make a statement on the proposed increase in the price of sugar.
§ Mr. John Hare
Since last July the world market price of sugar has been below the prices guaranteed to Commonwealth sugar producers under the Commonwealth Sugar Agreement and to home producer's of beet sugar. In consequence it has become necessary to terminate the distribution payment by which the Sugar Board has passed on the profits made when the world price was high, and to introduce a surcharge to meet subsequent losses under the guarantees to home and 591 Commonwealth producers. This has been done by Orders made in accordance with the Sugar Act, 1956.
§ Mr. Jeger
Does that mean that the right hon. Gentleman is sheltering behind the fact that there are on the Order Paper references to Orders which are to be discussed tonight and is refusing to give us information at this moment, information which may be useful to us in the debate later today; or will he promise that in his speech later he will answer the question?