§ MR. KENNY
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If he can state the number of oyster licences at present existing in Ireland, and the number of cases in which the holders of such licences are using no effort to cultivate the oyster beds; and, if the Inspectors of Fisheries will be directed to exercise their powers, and cancel the licences held by such persons?
§ MR. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
I am informed that there are 125 licences for oyster beds at present in existence in Ireland, and that the holders of about 80 of these are using no efforts to cultivate the beds. The Inspectors of Fisheries purpose holding inquiries as soon as their present engagements will permit, with the view of cancelling the licences held by such persons.