HC Deb 03 February 1930 vol 234 cc1523-4W

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that inquiries are being made with a view to the erection of a beet-sugar factory at Thetford, Norfolk; and what stops the Ministry is prepared to take to expedite this development in a distressed agricultural area?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. Though I am afraid I have no power under the British Sugar (Subsidy) Act, 1925, to take direct steps in the direction suggested, the Ministry is prepared, if requested, to give all the advice and assistance it can to any group contemplating the erection of a new factory.


asked the Minister of Agriculture if he has any information showing whether existing beet-sugar factories in Norfolk are adequate to accept and cope with next year's contracts in that county; and, if the figures are not available, may inquiries be made in order to furnish a return?


I understand that the three beet-sugar factories in Norfolk have made a special effort to meet the requirements of growers and have accepted contracts for the 1930 season for an acreage substantially greater than in any previous year. I have no informa- tion that the factories have refused any contracts that have been offered by growers.