§ Sir J. Gilmour
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the future of the sugar beet industry in Scotland in the event of Great Britain joining the Common Market.
§ Mr. MacArthur
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement regarding the proposals he has received to establish an independent sugar beet processing industry in Scotland.
§ Mr. Gordon Campbell
In August, my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and I arranged for discussions to take place between the British Sugar Corporation and the Consortium, who said that they were interested in taking over the Cupar factory. On 11th October my Department received a letter from the Consortium detailing issues emerging from the discussions. I am considering these issues and I hope to make an announcement soon.