HC Deb 09 February 1956 vol 548 cc1797-8
40. Dr. D. Johnson

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the result of his Department's inspection of the Willow Holme Weir on the River Eden at Carlisle; if he is satisfied that sea-trout and herling can pass this weir up the river at summer level of water; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Amory

The inspection was carried out at the request of the Cumberland River Board. The inspectors reported that Willow Holme Weir does not prevent the passage of sea-trout and herling up the river even when the water-level is low. I understand that the board is not contemplating further action.

Dr. Johnson

May I ask my right hon. Friend whether, in view of the jagged stones of which this weir is constructed, he will at least give some weight to the complaint that trout are injured on their way up the river when the water is low?

Mr. Amory

I would say to my hon. Friend that the responsibility in this matter really falls on the river board and not on me. I only came into this because my inspectors were asked to give advice on the point.

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