§ 40. Mr. SUTHERLAND
asked whether coastguardsmen and lighthouse-keepers in Scotland are instructed to report to the Fishery Board instances which come under their observation of trawling within the proscribed limit; if so, how many such cases have been reported and have resulted in prosecutions within the last twelve months; and whether, in view of complaints of illegal trawling, steps will be taken for renewed and more stringent instructions being issued?
Mr. McKINNON WOOD
Under existing arrangements coastguardsmen and certain lighthouse-keepers report cases of illegal trawling which come under their observation. Six such reports were made to the Fishery Board during the past year and convictions followed in two cases. In these circumstances further instructions appear unnecessary.