HC Deb 18 December 1912 vol 45 cc1504-5
74. Mr. HINDS

asked the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he has received a communication from the fishermen of the Teify fishery district objecting to the person appointed to hold an inquiry into certain proposed by-laws submitted to the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries by the Board of Conservators of the Teify district, on the ground that the person so appointed was himself concerned in drafting and passing the proposed by-laws; and, if so, steps be taken to meet the objection by appointing an independent person to conduct the said inquiry?


I received a petition against the by-laws from certain coracle fishermen. It contained no reference to any officer of the Board. I directed an inquiry to be held in order that they might have an opportunity of stating their objections more fully. The inquiry was held yesterday. There is no reason to question the impartiality of either of the officers engaged in the inquiry, or indeed of any officer of the Board.