HC Deb 08 August 1904 vol 139 cc1340-1
MR. AINSWORTH (Argyllshire)

To ask the Secretary for Scotland whether his attention has been called to a public notice issued and posted in the Firth of Clyde District of Argyllshire by the Company of Fishmongers, London, threatening to search boats and exact penalties against persons in possession of salmon or sea trout; and, if so, whether he proposes to take any action in the matter.

(Answered by Mr. A. Graham Murray.) My attention has not been called to the matter referred to by the hon. Member, but on inquiry I learn that notices have been posted up on the west coast by the Fishmongers' Company, pointing out that power is given to officers appointed under the Acts and to police officers to search boats suspected to contain salmon or sea trout illegally taken. The administration of these Acts is primarily in the hands of district boards and officers appointed by them, but for certain offences under the Acts other persons have authority to proceed. No action seems called for.