HC Deb 08 September 1909 vol 10 c1304
Mr. H. A. WATT (for Mr. Pirie)

asked the Lord Advocate, with reference to the attack by the population of the island of Barra on the crew of a trawler, in which two of the crew were thrown into the sea and the captain was threatened with his life, would he state the total police force in the island at the time of the riot and the police force at the present moment; and can be now guarantee that the force is sufficient to maintain order and to prevent a recurrence of the outbreak?


My hon. Friend's reference to the lawless action of the Barra fishermen is, so far as. I can judge from the information before me, exaggerated. At the time of the occurrence there was one policeman on the island, and his services had hitherto, proved sufficient. On receiving intelligence of what had happened, the chief constable at once sent extra police to the island, and I understand that the question of permanent increase of strength is now under the sheriff's consideration. I have no reason to anticipate any recurrence of disorder on the island.