§ MR. ANSTRUTHER (St. Andrews, &c.)
I beg to ask the Patronage Secretary, as Chairman of the Select Committee on Sea Fisheries, when the Evidence given before that Committee will be printed and distributed; and if he can state whether the Government intend during the present Session of Parliament to give effect by legislation to the recommendations contained in the Report of that Committee?
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Mr. MARJORIBANKS,) Berwickshire
I have made inquiries of the printers, and they promise that the evidence shall be in the hands of Members not later than the end of this month. The Government do not intend to introduce any new measure, but it is their intention to pass the Scotch Fisheries Bill. The only thing necessary to secure the realisation of that good intention is the support and co-operation of the hon. Member in passing this entirely non-contentious and non-Party measure into law.
§ MR. ANSTRUTHER
I desire to ask my right hon. Friend if it is not the case that between myself and the Secretary for Scotland there is no contention with regard to the Scotch Fisheries Bill, and that the Amendments which I have placed on the Paper are acceptable to the right hon. Gentleman?
§ SIR H. MAXWELL
I desire to ask if it is possible to treat as a non-controversial measure a Bill in regard to which there are no less than seven pages of Amendments?
§ MR. MARJORIBANKS
I cannot undertake to decide what is the contention between the Secretary for Scotland and the hon. Member for St. Andrews. In reply to the hon. Gentleman opposite, 667 I have reason to believe that the greater portion of the Amendments to the Bill will be withdrawn.