HC Deb 24 February 1880 vol 250 c1295

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether he intends to ask Parliament for further power with a view to the better regulation of trawl net or beam trawl fishing, as recommended in the recent Report of the Sea Fisheries Commissioners?


I have been asked by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department to answer this Question, as all matters connected with sea fisheries belong to the administration of the Board of Trade. I have only recently received from the Home Office a copy of the Report of the Commissioners who were appointed to inquire into certain questions connected with the sea fisheries. I am now giving my careful consideration to this Report, as well as to the Report of the Royal Commission of 1866 upon the Sea Fisheries; but, considering the Business already before Parliament, I cannot think, even supposing I find legislation to be desirable, that I could hope to make any progress this Session with a measure of this nature.