HC Deb 15 August 1887 vol 319 cc471-2

asked the Lord Advocate, Whether a Memorial from the fishery officers has recently been received by the Fishery Board of Scotland praying for an increase of salaries; and, whether the Board is prepared to consider their claims favourably and to recommend the Treasury to accede to their request?

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

The fishery officers applied to the Royal Commission on Civil Establishments in February last as to their emoluments being increased, and on the 9th ultimo the Fishery Board received a letter from the Committee of Officers stating that no communication had been received to the statement made by them to the Royal Commission, and again beseeching the Board to recommend an increase to their salaries and allowances. The Fishery Board stated, in reply, that as the officers themselves had applied to the Royal Commission, it would not be suitable for the Board to approach the Commission on the matter; but that if the Commission applied to the Board for any information they would be glad to give it, adding that, so far as the Board were aware, the Commission had not as yet been in Scotland.