§ Sir J. Gilmour
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give estimated figures of the net return per acre of sugar beet to farmers in the east of Scotland in the seasons 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, and 1964.
§ Mr. Ross
Precise figures are not available. Estimated average net returns per acre of sugar beet in the east of Scotland for the years referred to are as follows:
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 £34 £12 £5 £8 (Loss) £6 (Forecast)
These estimates reflect the trend of net returns over the whole period more accurately than the absolute level in any particular year. They are closely related to the sugar yield per crop acre which was exceptionally low in Scotland in 1963.