HC Deb 28 July 1943 vol 391 cc1565-6
37. Major Petherick

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty why police officers, being officials approved by the Government, have been refused permits to fish when off duty in the sea from their own boats?

The First Lord of the Admiralty (Mr. A. V. Alexander)

In tidal waters along the East, South and South-West coasts of England from Berwick-on-Tweed to the boundary of Devon and Somerset near Lynmouth Foreland, vessels normally used for private or pleasure purposes must be immobilised unless their owners are in possession of a permit. For security reasons, it is not possible to grant permits to owners of this class of vessel to engage in pleasure fishing in the open sea.

Major Petherick

Are we to understand that police officers who are themselves engaged in security work cannot receive permits from the flag officer in charge? Is it not perfectly absurd?

Mr. Alexander

I think it is obvious that these officers who may wish to fish in their spare time from their own boats must be treated exactly like all other citizens.

Mr. Simmonds

Will the right hon. Gentleman have the whole question of fishing near the coast reconsidered?

Mr. Alexander

It has been under the most careful consideration.

41. Flight-Lieutenant Raikes

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether full-time fishermen are allowed to take members of the public to sea with them under existing Admiralty regulations?

Mr. Alexander

No, Sir. It is a condition of the issue of a fishing permit, which the skipper of every British fishing vessel must possess before proceeding to sea, that no passengers are to be carried.

Flight-Lieutenant Raikes

Does the right hon. Gentleman see any danger to public security in full-time licensed fishermen having an opportunity of taking passengers to sea?

Mr. Alexander

On all these matters I have to be advised by those who are experienced in security and, based upon their actual experience, I accept their advice.

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