HC Deb 20 February 1908 vol 184 cc1037-8
MR. SUTHERLAND (Elgin Burghs)

I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland whether he can state the number of vessels under a foreign flag that have been reported from the beginning of July, 1907, up to the end of January of this year for trawling in the Moray Firth; how many prosecutions have taken place, and how many convictions have been obtained for the period referred to; and the number of prosecutions now pending.


Nineteen different vessels were reported during the period mentioned on seventy-five different occasions. In one of these cases so far has a prosecution been instituted and a conviction obtained, but no prosecutions are pending. Forty-six prosecutions took place early in July for offences committed prior to the beginning of that month, and twenty-nine convictions were obtained, twenty-three of which were for offences committed in the Moray Firth.

MR. WATT (Glasgow Gollege)

Does the dictum of the Lord Chancellor override the unanimous dictum of the Judges of the Court of Session in dealing with this matter?


I am not aware to what dictum my hon. friend refers.