HC Deb 09 June 1902 vol 109 cc84-5

To ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether the Admiralty will allow a gunboat to patrol the coast of Norfolk between Cromer and Salthouse during the months of May and June for the protection of the line and whelk fishermen, who have suffered from the action of trawlers in fouling their gear.

(Answer.) Owing to a complaint received last week as to the destruction of fishermen's gear between Cromer and Salthouse by trawlers, a coastguard cruiser has been despatched to those waters, and is now there for the protection of the fisheries. A gun boat already visits the whelk grounds at least once a week during the months of May, June, and July, and it is not considered necessary that a gunboat should be permanently detailed for this particular duty.—(Admiralty.)