HC Deb 21 March 1906 vol 154 cc380-1
MR. FLYNN (Cork County, N.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland in reference to the appointment of the Committee of Inquiry into the working of the Department of Agriculture in Ireland, whether in view of the admitted necessity for the development of the Irish fishing industry, he will add to the Committee some gentleman of practical knowledge and experience of the capture and curing of deep sea fish.


I understand that Mr. Micks, a member of the Committee, was for some years secretary of the Congested Districts Board, and as such had administrative experience of the Board's fishery operations. Mr. Mick's knowledge, added to that which the Committee will obtain by evidence, will, in my opinion, be sufficient to enable them to deal with any question belonging to that part of the Department's work which may come before them.


Has any one on the Committee practical acquaintance with the important work of fish curing?


I do not know, but it would be difficult to have on a limited Committee of that sort persons familiar with every branch of the industry.