HC Deb 13 May 1925 vol 183 c1825

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make inquiries into the case of Skipper G. W. Robinson, of the Grimsby trawler "Quercia," who was recently fined 2,000 gold kroner at Vestmannoe, Iceland, for the alleged offence of not having his gear properly stowed away when within the three-mile limit, and ascertain by whom he was tried; and if the British consul was present at the trial


Inquiries were made as soon as this case was brought to my notice, and I am now awaiting a report from the British consul at Reykjavik. The trial was held in the local Court at Westmann Islands, and the British vice-consul was represented at the proceedings


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the so-called Judge who tried this man is a sort of local Pooh-Bah—shopkeeper, Judge, clerk and his own assistant? Will he make inquiry as to the authority of this man in dealing with this case?


I have said that the British vice-consul was represented, and I am awaiting his report. I must dissociate myself from any kind of attack on the local Court