HC Deb 09 August 1887 vol 318 c1704
MR. ANSTRUTHER (St. Andrew's, &c.)

asked the Lord Advocate, If his attention has been drawn to the following paragraph in the Fifth Annual Report of the Fishery Board for Scotland:— P. lxxiv.—Prevention of Trawling,—Effect of:— The evidence already collected seems to indicate that, by regulating trawling in the territorial waters, they will in course of time yield more mature fish, and serve as nurseries and feeding grounds during certain months of the year for shoals of herring, cod, haddock, and other valuable fish; and, whether Her Majesty's Government will take into consideration the advisability of regulating, for purposes of experiment, beam trawling throughout the Scottish territorial waters?

THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. H. A. MACDONALD) (Edinburgh and St. Andrew's Universities)

Yes, Sir; the point is being, and would be, carefully considered. The question requires consideration not only as regards advisability of action, but also as regards the powers of the Board under the Act of Parliament.