HC Deb 19 March 1900 vol 80 c1191
MR. BUCHANAN (Aberdeenshire, E.)

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether the attention of the Government has been directed to the migration during last week of the whole of the inhabitants of the fishing village of Old Slaines, in Aberdeenshire, to the neighbourhood of Aberdeen, owing to the failure of the fishing caused by excessive trawling and want of harbour accommodation; and whether they are prepared to take any steps to prevent further depletion of the country population and the loss caused to these people by the abandonment of their homes.


I regret to learn from the hon. Member of the wholesale migration referred to, from whatever cause arising; but I think there may be causes at work other than those mentioned in the question. It is not practicable to intervene in a special case, but the Government has always kept in view the general interests of line fishermen.