HC Deb 22 July 1929 vol 230 cc892-3
27. Major WOOD

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the great damage done to fishermen's gear by foreign trawlers in the Moray Firth and other areas from which British trawlers are excluded, he will consider the advisability of having the question brought before the League of Nations?

The SECRETARY of STATE for SCOTLAND (Mr. William Adamson)

I have been asked to reply. As I indicated in my reply to the hon. and gallant Member's question last week, I appreciate the importance of this matter, and the suggestion in the last part of his present question is one of the points which I have undertaken to consider.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this is a matter which has been reported on by successive Governments for the last ten years, and that nothing has yet been done?

FISHERMEN and FISHING BOATS in England and Wales on 31st December, 1913 and 1927.
1913. 1927.*
Estimated number of fishermen employed in sea fishing:
Regularly 37,870 30,556
Occasionally 7,512 3,940
Total 45,382 34,496