HC Deb 21 March 1904 vol 132 c220
MR. CATHCART WASON (Orkney and Shetland)

To ask the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the fact that the destruction of whales off the Shetland coast is accompanied by circumstances fraught with danger to the fishing and crofting community, he will refuse the further extension of whaling stations until proper provision is made for burying, burning, or utilising the carcases.

(Answered by Mr. Gerald Balfour.) The consent of the Board of Trade is only necessary in these cases so far as the proposed works may interfere with navigation; but having regard to the strong representations which have been made to me on the subject I am conferring with the Secretary for Scotland as to whether anything can be done to prevent any danger or annoyance being caused to the fishing and crofting communities by the operations proposed to be carried on at the whaling stations in question.