HC Deb 13 June 1898 vol 59 cc50-1

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether, in view of the general deterioration of trout fishings in Scotland, of the importance of trout angling as a recreation to large numbers of all classes of persons, and of the numerous petitions presented last Session in support of the Trout Fishing Close Time (Scotland) Bill, he will consider the preparation of a Measure to secure for trout in Scotland similar seasonable protection to that provided for them in England and Ireland, as well as for coarse fish in England?


In reply to my night honourable Friend I am re-quested to say that the Secretary for Scotland is entirely in sympathy with the objects he has in view, and is of opinion that a good case exists for some legislation in the direction he desires, but that at present it is not possible for the Government to come under any definite obligation to propose a Bill.