HC Deb 17 March 1947 vol 435 c9W
59. Mr. Dye

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that the acreage of tobacco grown as a commercial crop in this country in 1913 was 122 acres; that the growing and drying was quite successful and the best crops produced on very light land hardly suitable for food production; and whether, in view of the need to reduce our demand for dollars for several years to come, he will investigate the possibilities of growing tobacco on a considerable scale on suitable land in this country.

Mr. T. Williams

These experiments in tobacco growing were reviewed by a Committee of Inquiry in 1923 and were not adjudged to offer any prospects of success. The assistance from public funds was accordingly withdrawn and the experiments terminated. I am sending my hon. Friend a statement of the considerations which weighed with the Committee, and which would still appear to militate against the successful establishment of tobacco growing in this country.