§ MR. CATHCART WASON (Orkney and Shetland)
To ask the Lord-Advocate if he will state the number of prosecutions for trawling within the three-mile limit off the Scottish coasts, giving the number of prosecutions and convictions for each county.
(Answered by Mr. Thomas Shaw.) In answer to my hon. friend I have ascertained that there were prosecutions for trawling within the three-mile limit during the year 1907, as follows, viz.:—Fife, 2; Inverness, 2; Elgin, 1; Ross, 2; Caithness, 4; Shetland, 24; Argyll, 2; convictions being obtained in all the cases with the exception of three in Shetland. For the year 1908 382 there have been prosecutions as follows, viz.:—Fife, 2; Aberdeen, 2; Elgin, 1; Ross, 2; Shetland, 8; Caithness, 2; convictions being obtained in all cases except one Caithness prosecution. Several prosecutions are at present pending.