§ SIR EDWARD BIRKBECK (Norfolk, E.)
asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether any further communication has been received from the Belgian Government relative to the enforcement of the provisions of the North Sea Fisheries Convention of 1882, with the view of preventing a recurrence of the depredations on the East Coast Drift Net Fisheries; and, if not, whether he will direct Her Majesty's Representative at Brussels to urge the Belgian Government to cooperate with Her Majesty's Government, in order to give effect to the suggestions contained in the recommendations of the Committee appointed by the President of the Board of Trade in December last?
THE UNDER SECEETAEY OF STATE (Sir JAMES FEBGUSSON) (Manchester, N.E.)
Her Majesty's Government have been in communication with that of Belgium on the subject ever since the Report of the Board of Trade 1425 Committee has been received. The Belgian Government have cordially entertained suggestions for the better prevention of infringements of the Convention; and Her Majesty's Government will not fail to support the chief recommendations of the Committee.