HC Deb 30 April 1908 vol 187 c1412

I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that the herring fishery industry of the west coast of Shetland has been practically destroyed by the whaling business; whether he will take steps to protect what is left of the herring fishing at Shetland; whether he is aware that the fishermen who are being-deprived of their employment mostly belong to the Royal Naval Reserve; and whether he is aware that if the herring fishing industry at Shetland is destroyed, as it is threatened, a valuable training ground for the Navy will be lost.


I am unable to accept as accurate the assertions made by my hon. friend in this Question. The restrictions imposed by the Whaling Act of last year, under which statutory authority to deal with this matter is provided, will be strictly enforced.