HC Deb 21 March 1912 vol 35 cc2050-1

asked whether it is contemplated to enforce the shortening of salmon nets used in sea fishing, and of the loss and hardship which would thereby be caused to the fishermen by the consequent destruction of the fishing industry; and whether, seeing that such a regulation would to a great extent render valueless the recent decision of the House of Lords in the case of the lessees of the Foyle and Bann Fisheries v. Harold and others, he will take steps to ensure that such a regulation will not be made or, if already made, that it will not be enforced, but cancelled?


The hon. Gentleman probably refers to a question which has recently come before the Departmental Committee on Inland Fisheries. That Committee has not yet reported. When the Report of the Committee is received I shall give my best attention to the point raised in the hon. Gentleman's question.


Can the right hon. Gentleman state whether these regulations as to nets are to be enforced?


Before the right hon. Gentleman answers that question, may I ask whether it is a fact that motor-boats are at present being equipped with nets 3,000 yards long to undertake this fishing, and what is the effect on the industry?


I must have notice of that question. I can assure my hon. Friend (Mr. O'Doherty) the Department is quite alive to the decision given in the House of Lords on this question, and when the Report is presented it will be carefully considered.