§ MR. CATHCART WASON (Orkney and Shetland)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if the Government is aware that quite recently two British trawlers have been caught and brought into Stranraer for illegally fishing in the Firth of Clyde, and at the same time seven foreign trawlers were fishing there, making catches, and marketing the same in an English port, Fleetwood; and, seeing that the Scottish Office have prohibited foreigners landing fish caught in waters closed against British trawlers, whether they will make some such provision with reference to English and Irish ports, or take such steps as may seem expedient to protect our own.
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
I have no information as to the particular cases referred to in my hon. friend's question. The Act under which foreigners are prohibited from landing or selling fish caught in certain waters near the coast of Scotland does not extend to the landing or selling of such fish in English or Irish ports. I am not prepared to introduce legislation on the subject.