HC Deb 25 March 1889 vol 334 cc721-2
MR. THOMAS ELLIS (Merionethshire)

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the contemplated re-survey of Cardigan Bay may be delayed till the formation of the Cardigan Bay Fisheries Committee, so that it may be afforded facilities to present the points on which information useful to the development of the fishing industry might be supplied by the officers engaged in the survey; and whether he will allow a person duly appointed by the Sea Fisheries Committee, and acquainted with the local conditions of sea fishing, to be placed on board the surveying ship?


I regret being unable to accede to the request of the hon. Member. The object of the survey is in Imperial interests and for the safety of navigation, which must not be subordinated to fishery or local interests. The surveying officers will be glad to consider the requirements of the Fisheries Committee if they can do so without delaying their primary duties, but I cannot consent to an alteration of plans or the placing of a nominee of the Committee on board the surveying vessel.