HC Deb 01 May 1894 vol 24 cc24-5

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether he is now in a position to furnish further information with regard to the attack made by a number of water bailiffs upon fishermen in the Moray Firth, off Jemimaville, on the 3rd instant; if he will state why the Procurator Fiscal failed to take action against the water bailiffs for assault, attempt to board the fishermen's boats, and firing several shots at the fishermen; why no action has been taken against the water bailiff who aimed a loaded gun at one of the fishermen, and was only prevented firing it by one of his companions taking the gun from him; and whether it is proposed to take action against the water bailiff's?

* THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. B. BALFOUR, Clackmannan, &c.)

As I stated, in answer to a previous question, the fishermen have been committed for trial for assault. A formal charge has now been lodged accusing the bailiffs of discharging loaded firearms, and this charge is being investigated.