HC Deb 06 February 1908 vol 183 c1096

I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland if he is aware of the fact that the prosperity of the Shetland Isles is absolutely bound up with the herring and white fishing, and that this all-important industry is seriously menaced by whaling operations and the depredations of trawlers; and if it will be possible to maintain a fishery cruiser permanently in northern waters.


The Shetland fishing has recently been very successful, but, in any case, the resources at the command of the Fishery Board and their obligations to the remainder of Scotland do not permit of the allocation of a vessel exclusively to Shetland. But these islands will continue to receive a liberal share of such policing resources as the Board at present command.