§ MR. WEIR (Ross and Cromarty)
I beg to ask the Lord Advocate, having regard to the fact that 33 per cent. of the persons convicted for illegal trawling in Scottish waters during the years 1896 and 1897 went to prison rather than pay the fines imposed, will he state why the provisions of Section 10, Sub-section 6, of the Sea Fisheries Regulations (Scotland) Act, 1895, were not enforced against the owners of the offending vessels?
MR. GRAHAM MURRAY
The provisions of the sub-section referred to were not enforced against the owners in the cases mentioned, because the sub-section did not apply to these cases.