HC Deb 14 December 1900 vol 88 c859

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether, in view of the fact that the attention of the Government has been repeatedly called to the violations of the law by persons and companies engaged in the pursuit of trawling within forbidden limits, the Government will take into consideration during the recess adequate measures for protecting the property of the coast fishermen round Shetland and Orkney and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.


As regards illegal trawling the Government have taken measures to prevent trawling within the enclosed areas, as has been privately explained to the hon. Member, and it is not at present possible to come under any further obligations on the subject, but any practical suggestions made to the Government will receive their most careful consideration. I ought to say that I cannot wholly understand or admit the propriety of the use of the word "property" in the question.