§ MR. VICTOR CAVENDISH (Derbyshire, W.)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether, as the Sea Fishery 1591 Amendment Bill has been abandoned for the present Session, the Board of Trade contemplate making efforts to arrive at an International arrangement for regulating the capture and sale of immature sea fish prior to the re-introduction of any Bill to amend and strengthen the fishery regulations in force in England and Wales?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE, (Mr. C. T. RITCHIE, Croydon)
It was shown by the Report of the Select Committee on Sea Fisheries of 1893 that Foreign Powers had already made provision for prohibiting the sale of undersized fish of many kinds. The first step must, therefore, be for this country to prove itself prepared to adopt a similar policy, by passing an Act in the same direction. Until this has been done I am of opinion that it would be premature to approach the other Powers, with the view of obtaining uniformity of action.