HC Deb 12 April 1911 vol 24 cc476-7

asked the Lord Advocate whether, in view of the numerous, and in some cases concurrent, Acts relating to sea fisheries in Scotland, and the necessity for legislation by reference in any attempt to amend the same, he would consider the advisability of introducing, on behalf of His Majesty's Government, a Bill to consolidate the Sea Fisheries (Scotland) Act, and at the same time to increase the penalties for offences against the bye-laws of the Fishery Board?

Mr. GULLAND (Lord of the Treasury)

The Government cannot at present con-template legislation in the sense suggested. I appreciate the hon. and gallant Member's desire to exterminate legislation by reference, but I am not so sanguine as he seems to be that consolidation would effect that object.