HC Deb 05 June 1871 vol 206 c1537

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether he has received any reports or complaints of French boats fishing within the three-mile limit in Rye Bay or Dungeness Bay, or of the ill-treatment of English fishermen by their crews; and, what steps are now taken by the Government to protect the rights of our fishermen in those waters?


said, in reply, that complaints had been received, not of injury done by French fishermen, but of French fishing boats fishing within the three-mile limit. Upon the application of the Board of Trade orders had been given to Her Majesty's ship Hector to repeat the warnings given to those fishermen, and if they were not attended to the offenders would be brought into port and taken before the magistrates.