§ MR. FLYNN (Cork, N.)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that numerous complaints have been made by the fishermen engaged in the fisheries off Castletown, Berehaven, of constant attacks and depredations committed on them and their property by French fishermen cruising in large luggers; and whether the Admiralty, in view of the fact that the mackerel fishing season is now at hand, will despatch two or three well-fitted cruisers to protect the interests of the fishermen so attacked?
§ *LORD G. HAMILTON
I have not heard of any complaints made by the fishermen in the neighbourhood of Castletown, Berehaven, of depredations by French fishermen. There are at present two sailing cruisers at Bantry, and they will shortly be re-inforced by a steam cruiser. The services of all these vessels will be available, if required, to maintain order.