HC Deb 11 November 1952 vol 507 cc37-8W
Mr. Bossom

asked the Minister of Food whether he will, in the near future, provide a sugar beet factory in the south of England, as farmers in Kent at present have to send their crops long distances, and the increased price offered for sugar beet in 1953 is largely offset by the charge for carriage.

Major Lloyd George

The need to limit capital investment at present prevents the building of a new sugar beet factory. But farmers who have to send their beet long distances benefit under an arrangement whereby the British Sugar Corporation bear all freight charges on beet over 13s. 2d. per ton.

Agreement has recently been reached upon a similar concession in the case of sugar beet pulp, and in 1953 the British Sugar Corporation will pay all freight charges in excess of 23s. 3d. per ton on pulp returned to growers for feeding to their stock.