§ Mr. G. Jeger
asked the Minister of Agriculture at what price dried sugar beet pulp of the 1951 crop will be sold to growers.
Mr. T. Williams
An increase in the price of dried sugar beet pulp will be necessary in due course to take account of a number of factors including the higher price of molasses (which is used in its manufacture). The National Farmers' Unions have been informed that the increase will be not more than £1 per ton over the present prices prescribed by the Feeding Stuffs (Prices) Order, 1950, for sales in bulk net weight; with a corresponding increase for sales in sacks gross-weight including an appropriate charge for the sacks. These new prices will also apply to dried sugar beet pulp from the 1951 crop purchased by growers of sugar beet under the terms of their contract with the British Sugar Corporation; whereas the prices paid by growers for pulp of the 1950 crop purchased under their contracts have been £1 lower than the maximum prices prescribed in the above Order. The total increase in the growers price will therefore be £2 a ton.