HC Deb 06 June 1939 vol 348 cc180-1
2. Mr. Robert Gibson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has any statement to make regarding communications he has had with the Clyde Fishermen's Association regarding the basking sharp menace in the Clyde; and what consequential steps he has in view towards combating the menace caused by such sharks?

Mr. Colville

I am unable to trace any recent communication on this subject from the Clyde Fishermen's Association. The last letter received was dated October, 1937. The instructions to the Fishery Board's cruisers mentioned in the answer given on 23rd May to the hon. Member for Dumbarton Burghs (Mr. Kirkwood) remain in force; and according to my most recent report the commercial vessel engaged in shark hunting has been at sea daily on the outlook for sharks during the last 10 days.

Mr. Gibson

Does the right hon. Gentleman not know that since the date of the last question and answer on this subject the menace of basking sharks has become much more obvious and much more dangerous all round the coasts of the Firth of Clyde and the West of Scotland and Northern Ireland, and what steps is he taking to preserve the safety of those who have to use the sea as a means of earning a livelihood?

Mr. Colville

I have explained that the fishery cruisers have been given certain instructions as to dealing with these sharks and if the hon. and learned Member has any further information as to the whereabouts of the sharks I shall be glad to have it.

Mr. Gallacher

Will the right hon. Gentleman supplement the present ship which is chasing the sharks with a few tanks for the land sharks?