HC Deb 04 August 1904 vol 139 cc959-60
MR. DUKE (Plymouth)

To ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether his attention has been called to the terms of the recently published draft Order in Council, under the Dockyard Ports Regulation Act, 1865, for the regulation of the port of Plymouth, with regard to the probable effect of the proposed regulations upon the means of livelihood of the fishermen of the port; and whether, before the draft Order is submitted for the consideration of the King in Council, means will be taken to ascertain by local inquiry the views of those who are likely to be affected by the proposed regulations.

(Answered by Mr. Pretyman.) No alteration in the existing regulations prohibiting

Year. Total expenditure. Met from Government Grants. Met from School Board rates. Met from voluntary subscriptions. Met from endowments, fees, bank overdrafts, and other local sources.
£ £ £ £ £
1899–1900 12,045,000 8,039,000 2,599,000 801,000 606,000
=66.7% =21.6% = 6.7% = 5.0%
1900–1901 12,557,000 8,089,000 2,966,000 834,0011 668,000
= 64.4% = 23.6% = 6.7% = 5.3%
1901–1902 13,005,000 8,275,000 3,258,000 876,000 596,000
= 63.6% = 25.1% = 6.7% = 4.6%
1901–1902 Government Grants 63.6% Local Sources 36.4%

The Board have at present no collected figures as to the amounts expended by † See (4) Debates, cxiii, 943.

fishing in certain areas for the safety of navigation has been proposed in the new Order in Council, and, therefore, it is not considered necessary to hold any local inquiry. A request has been received from the town council for the fishermen to be allowed to make use of certain areas within which fishing is already prohibited, but it is absolutely essential to the free and unimpeded navigation of the port by large vessels that this prohibition should be maintained. An objection has also been raised to a new regulation prohibiting the anchorage of fishing vessels in Deadman's Bay. This new regulation was inserted at the request of the Cattewater Commissioners, and the Admiralty are now communicating with the Commissioners on the subject.