HC Deb 29 June 1914 vol 64 c8

asked the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he has considered the statement of the Departmental Committee on Inshore Fisheries, that there seems to be little doubt that destruction of undersized fish on a large scale is being caused by trawlers; and whether it is proposed to introduce legislation for the prevention of the sale, marketing, or exposure for sale of undersized fish, as recommended by the Committee?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of AGRICULTURE (Mr. Runciman)

As the Committee point out in their Report measures for preventing the destruction of undersized fish, if they are to be really effective, should be of international application. The whole question is receiving the careful consideration of the Board and of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, and, while I agree generally with the Committee's recommendation, I am not prepared at present to introduce legislation on the subject.