§ SIR ARTHUR BIGNOLD (Wick, Burghs)
To ask the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that British trawlers, registered under a foreign flag, are trawling within the Moray Firth, contrary to the order of the Fishery Board for Scotland; whether masters of fishery cruisers and other police vessels have instructions to arrest or report vessels found trawling in these waters; and whether it is contemplated to prosecute those so reported.
(Answered by Mr. Sinclair.) I am aware that certain vessels sailing under the Norwegian flag have been recently trawling in the Moray Firth. Instructions have been issued to cruisers on fishery duty to report vessels found trawling in these waters with a view to prosecution.