HC Deb 26 March 1934 vol 287 cc1649-50W
Viscountess ASTOR

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the amount of the subsidies paid out each year by the Treasury for the growing of sugar beet; and for each year how much was paid to the growers of beet and how much went to the factories?


I have been asked to reply. The subsidy is paid to manufacturers in respect of sugar and molasses produced by them from home-grown beets. The amounts paid in respect of each manufacturing season are as follow:

1924–25 509,200
1925–26 1,121,581
1926–27 3,324,197
1927–28 4,214,060
1928–29 2,824,820
1929–30 4,233,776
1930–31 6,143,612
1931–32 1,973,360*
1932–33 2,378,779
1933–34 3,388,000
* Including £183,297 advanced under the British Sugar Industry (Assistance) Act, 1931.
With regard to the latter part of the question, I would refer my Noble Friend to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Don Valley (Mr. T. Williams) on 14th December last, of which I am sending her a copy.