HC Deb 15 October 1945 vol 414 cc691-2
60. Mr. E. P. Smith

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that French fishermen are continually poach- ing on British fishing grounds in Rye Bay by night; and why the police boats are not preventing it.

Mr. T. Williams

The hon. Member is no doubt aware that a naval patrol has now been instituted in this area and has already dealt with several offenders. I hope that these measures will prove effective. I am glad to say that the French authorities are co-operating in trying to stop these practices.

Mr. Smith

Why was action only taken 10 days after I put down this Question, if the trouble had been going on for months?

Mr. Stokes

Why did not the hon. Member put it down 30 days earlier?

Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

Is my right hon. Friend aware that English trawlers have been poaching unhampered for several years past in the Hebridian and Scottish waters; and will he take some action to deal with offenders at home before he goes abroad?