§ MR. SMITH BARRY (Huntingdonshire, S.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether his attention has 1160 been called to the report of a recent meeting of the Limerick Board of Conservators, when that Board instructed their Solicitor to take steps to obtain an injunction to restrain the Board of Works from removing the salmon-spawning beds in the River Shannon; and, whether, before proceeding further with the drainage works in connection with that river, he will order an inquiry to be made by the Inspectors of Irish Fisheries as to whether damage is being, or is likely to be, done to the fishing interests in the Shannon by these drainage works?
§ * THE SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Mr. W. L. JACKSON,) Leeds, N.
My attention has been called to the report of the meeting, and I am informed that the Shannon Conservators are taking counsel's opinion, but no further action appears to have been taken. I do not think it is desirable to stop the progress of the works which are now being carried out at Killaloe. The Board of Works are of opinion that no serious injury can result to the fishings by these works.