HC Deb 27 July 1905 vol 150 cc586-7

To ask the President of the Board of Agriculture what circumstances have arisen to induce His Majesty's Government to postpone proposing legislation on the lines of the Report of the Salmon Fishery Commission of 1902.

(Answered, by Mr. Ailwyn Fettowes.) I do not think that any pledge has been given by His Majesty's Government to propose legislation on this subject, but I quite concur in the view that it might with advantage be undertaken. I propose during the recess to communicate with those who are interested in the matter, and I hope it may be possible to arrange for the presentation of a Bill next session, either by a private Member or as a Government measure. The subject is one, however, which can scarcely be dealt with successfully unless a general agreement can be arrived a'as to the necessity of legislation and as to the form which it may most advantageously take.