HC Deb 20 February 1893 vol 8 cc1852-3
MR. DUFF (Banffshire)

I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland if his attention has been directed to the last Report of the Fishery Board for Scotland, recommending "a plan of harbour extension to be carried Out systematically over a series of years"; and whether, in consequence of this, and of the Report of the Select Committee on Harbour Accommodation, 1883–4, recommending additional National expenditure on harbours, it is the intention of the Government to ask Parliament to provide means for carrying out these objects?


I am aware that the Fishery Board, with whose Reports my right hon. Friend is so familiar, have made recommendation in the words which he has quoted in the question. The Fishery Board use thriftly and well the funds they have for harbours, and I should be glad if those funds could be somewhat increased. The systematic provision of harbour extension would be a policy which the Government, and especially the Treasury, would have very seriously to consider before it was undertaken.


Arising out of the answer, may I ask if it is the intention of the Government to continue the policy of spending money for fishery purposes exclusively on the West Coast of Scotland?


I must ask the right hon. Gentleman to put down that question.