HC Deb 24 March 1932 vol 263 cc1197-9W

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he can provide a statement showing the total output of each beet sugar factory for 1931, distinguishing in each case between sugar produced from British beet and from imported raw sugar, respectively?


I am not in a position to state the quantities of sugar re- fined at individual factories from imported raw sugar. The quantities of sugar (all polarisations) produced at each beet sugar factory from home-grown beet during the 1931–2 manufacturing campaign are as follow:

Quantity of sugar produced (provisional).
Factory. cwts.
Allscott 178,570
Bardney 314,125
Brigg 166,894
Bury St. Edmunds 643,421
Cantley 428,882
Colwick 292,070
Cupar 12,111
Ely 433,010
Pelstead 377,600
Ipswich 204,067
Kelham 86,856
Kidderminster 207,729
King's Lynn 192,299
Peterborough 479,492
Poppleton 107,366
Selby 171,744
Spalding 407,830
Wissington 323,643
Total 5,027,709


asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what is the total amount of loan money outstanding guaranteed under the Trade Facilities Act to the beet sugar factory at Colwick; and what proportion of this money was needed to enable the recent installation at that factory of plant for refining imported cane sugar?


The beet sugar factory at Colwick is one of two factories owned by a company which has loans still outstanding of £371,500 out of £610,000 originally guaranteed under the Trade Facilities Acts. No amount was specially allocated to Colwick. I am not aware of any recent expenditure at Colwick on special plant for refining imported cane sugar, and no such expenditure has been met from the Trade Facilities loans.


asked the Minister of Agriculture what has been the amount of assistance per cwt. in each of the past six years in subsidy and duty preference to home-produced sugar and to sugar from Colonial resources, respectively?


The amounts of assistance (subsidy and effective duty preference) per cwt. of fully refined home-

Year. Home-grown beet sugar. Colonial sugar.
Subsidy.* Effective duty preference. Total. Effective duty preference.
s. d. s. d. s. d. s. d.
1926–7 21 8⅔ 4 3⅓ 26 0 4 3⅓
1928–29 14 6 3 6 18 0 3 6
1931–2 7 3† 3 6 10 9 3 6
*Including the equivalent of the subsidy on molasses on the basis of ¼-cwt. of molasses. (50 to 70 per cent. sweetening matter) per cwt. of fully refined sugar.
‡ Excluding special advances, contingently repayable, at the maximum rate of 1s. 3d. per cwt. of fully refined sugar, paid to 12 of the 18 beet sugar factories under the British Sugar Industry (Assistance) Act, 1931.

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