HC Deb 31 March 1908 vol 187 c313

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that the Government of Norway three years ago passed a measure prohibiting trawlers owned in Britain registering under the flag of Norway, but that that Act was not retrospective, and that it is therefore only vessels registered in Norway before that date which at present work in the Moray Firth; and whether, in view of the fact that the Norwegian Government is in no way sympathetic to the action of these trawlers, he will not oppose the carrying out of the unanimous decision of the Judges of the Court of Session.


I am generally aware of the provisions of the Norwegian law on the subject, and can communicate them to the hon. Member if he desires it. In answer to the last part of the Question, I must refer the hon. Member to the Answer given by the Secretary for Scotland on the 26th, which stated the policy not of a Department but of the Government.