HC Deb 10 March 1881 vol 259 c718

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether his attention has lately been called to the incursions of French fishermen upon the English fishing grounds in and near Rye Bay; and, whether he has taken or proposes to take any steps to prevent such incursions for the future by ordering that such fishing grounds shall be duly protected by a suitable vessel?


Sir, on a Report being made by a divisional officer of the Coastguard on the spot, to the effect that the French fishing fleet has appeared, a cruiser is always despatched, and the Frances cutter, of 70 tons, has been cruising between Dungeness and Hastings ever since February 27, and is on the spot now. Special Reports on the state of things have been called for from the divisional officers, and the Inspecting Commander at Folkestone has been instructed to wait on the commanding officer of the French man-of-war at Dover to inquire whether anything can be done to check the encroachments complained of.