HC Deb 07 June 1905 vol 147 cc1051-2


Order for Second Reading read.

MR. BLACK (Banffshire)

said he begged to move the Second Reading of the Foreign Trawlers Regulation. Bill, the object of which was to protect certain portions of our foreshores from trawling. The Bill was not introduced for the purpose of protecting any individual industry, but to provide nurseries for fish, and so increase the food supply of the people of this country. Under the by-law passed some years ago, the Moray Firth was closed against British trawlers, but foreign trawlers still came in and this Bill was intended to put an end to their depredations. He begged to move.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read a second time."

SIR FREDERICK BANBURY (Camberwell, Peckham)

said that the object of this Bill was, curiously enough, exactly the same as that which had just been disposed of. It was protective. It was extraordinary that when a particular industry in which an hon. Member's constituency was interested was affected all his ideas of free trade and free competition vanished. This Bill affected the food of the people.

Notice taken that forty Members were not present; House counted, and forty Members not being present,

The House was adjourned at twenty minutes before Twelve of the clock till To-morrow.