HC Deb 25 June 1908 vol 191 cc96-7

I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland, in view of the fact that the recently issued Report of the Fishery Board for Scotland shows that last year there were 131 prosecutions for illegal trawling as compared with thirty-eight, the highest previous record, will he either introduce more drastic legislation for the suppression of illegal trawling or support the Bills which have been introduced by private Members for that purpose.


The number of prosecutions in 1907 was quite abnormal, owing to the number of cases reported to the authorities, as a consequence of the decision of the High Court of Justiciary bearing on the Moray Firth bye-law. In view of the negotiations which are proceeding the Secretary for Scotland does not consider the present an opportune time for legislation.