HC Deb 19 February 1914 vol 58 cc1119-20

asked whether a claim from John Wilson for nets destroyed by one of His Majesty's torpedo boats, on the 26th July last, while fishing some forty miles south-east by east of the Isle of May, which damage was estimated by the chief coastguard at Anstruther at £5 0s. 6d., has been received; whether he has received a similar claim from Alexander Cunningham, of the steam drifter "Golden Strand," for damage to the extent of 25s. while fishing off Boddam, on the Aberdeenshire coast, on 2nd June last; and whether, in consideration of the hardship incurred by these men standing out of their money while the herring season is in full swing and all their nets are required, he will take steps to expedite the settlement of their claims as soon as possible?


Both the claims mentioned have been received, and evidence has now been obtained from the Fleet that the damage complained of was done by His Majesty's ships. A settlement of John Wilson's claim will be effected at an early date. Payment of that preferred by Alexander Cunningham has already been authorised through the local Coast Guard officer.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the fishing season is now drawing to a close, and these men are suffering from great disabilities through the loss of their nets?


That is what I gathered from the hon. and gallant Member's question. After the manœuvres there were many claims, and it took some time to see which should be recognised. We are taking all the steps we can to settle them.