HC Deb 14 January 1971 vol 809 c130W
Mr. MacArthur

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many acres of peas, sugar beet and potatoes, respectively, were grown in Perthshire during the last year; and if he will make a statement about the future of these crops.

Mr. Gordon Campbell

The acreages of these crops grown in Perthshire in 1970 were: potatoes 17,292, sugar beet 2,464, peas 1,691. The objective for potatoes is that the United Kingdom acreage should be sufficient to meet home demand except in years of unusually low yields. Sugar beet will continue to be grown for the Cupar factory in 1971. The guaranteed price for both potatoes and sugar beet will be reviewed at the forthcoming Annual Review. I am having discussions with the processors about their future plans and requirements for peas grown in this area.

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