HC Deb 24 February 1898 vol 53 cc1529-30

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can state if difficult questions of International Law have arisen through the action of the Government in closing Scottish ports to the landing of fish caught by foreign trawlers in protected areas; and, if not, what is the nature of the difficulty anticipated should English ports be so closed; and if there is any difference between the two cases; and, if so, what is this difference?


My attention has not so far been called to the difficulties alluded to in the first part of the hon. Member's Question, and, as it is not proposed to close English ports, there does not seem to be a necessity for expressing an opinion at present as to any such that might arise in the event of that step being taken.