§ 19. Sir A. WILLIAMSON
asked the Secretary for Scotland if he is aware that 57 Scottish fishing boats suffered loss of nets through the illegal action of German, Dutch and Belgian vessels trawling in the Moray Firth during the months of February and March; and whether he is aware that many of the boats were in consequence compelled to desist from the cod fishing, and that these conditions are all the more intolerable owing to the unfavourable prospects of the herring fishing?
§ The SECRETARY for SCOTLAND (Mr. Munro)
I would refer my right hon. Friend to the reply which I gave to similar questions on the 12th April. The statements in the question as to the extent and effect of the damage done are in accordance with the information supplied to me by the Fishery Board for Scotland.
§ Mr. A. M. SAMUEL
Cannot the right hon. Gentleman take counsel with the Admiralty with a view to asking them to send up a couple of torpedo boat destroyers of higher speed than the foreign trawlers in order to keep them off?
Lieut.-Colonel A. MURRAY
Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that all these trawlers which are alleged to he foreign are really foreign trawlers, and is he aware of allegations that many of them are really Grimsby and Hull trawlers in disguise?
§ Mr. SAMUEL
Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware of the well-known fact that allegations have been made against 1698 British trawlers sailing under a foreign flag in order to avail themselves of the fishery ground?
§ Sir A. WILLIAMSON
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is no legal evidence at present that there are any British trawlers masquerading as foreigners and that these are genuine foreign trawlers, some of them Allies and some not?
§ Viscount CURZON
Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that a great deal of damage is done at night and it is impossible to prevent it occurring unless you have a great many more patrol boats and boats of higher speed?