HC Deb 01 December 1931 vol 260 c949W

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that decolourising carbon for use in subsidised British beet sugar factories is purchased from foreign sources; and, seeing that British carbon is suitable in quality and in price, what steps he proposes to take with a view to encouraging the use of British activated carbon?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. Of the 18 sugar-beet factories in Great Britain, only five use decolourising carbon in the manufacture of sugar from home-grown beet, and while I have no power to impose on the factories any condition as to the source of the materials they use, I should be glad to consult with my hon. Friend as to the steps which might usefully be taken to encourage the use of the British product.