§ MR. CLAUDE LOWTHER (Cumberland, Eskdale)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture, whether he proposes to initiate legislation this session on the subject of the Solway Salmon Fisheries.
§ SIR ROBERT REID (Dumfries Burghs)
May I at the same time ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether the Government intend to take any steps in regard to the Solway Fisheries which have been the subject of a recent inquiry.
§ *THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE (Mr. AILWYN FELLOWES,) Huntingdonshire, Ramsey
As my hon. friends are aware, a Bill to deal with certain questions affecting the Solway Salmon Fisheries was introduced I last session, but it was not received with much favour by any of the various authorities and interests concerned. I am afraid that it would not be possible this session to pass any measure which gave rise to serious controversy, but if a spirit of compromise is abroad, I would gladly do anything in my power to effect a settlement. I quite recognise the importance of the questions at issue to the local interests concerned.
§ MR. CLAUDE LOWTHER
Cannot the right hon. Gentleman introduce a Bill on the lines of the Stafford Howard Commission.
§ *MR. AILWYN FELLOWES
I sent one of our inspectors to make a report on this matter, but unfortunately he has been ill for some few weeks, and until he is better I cannot give an absolute Answer to the Question.