§ 55. Sir C. Thornton-Kemsley
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is aware that the size of the grey seal colony on the Fame Islands doubled between 1939 and 1950 and has increased considerably since; whether he is aware that the salmon fishing industry is, in consequence, suffering heavy and avoidable loss; and if he will authorise a drastic reduction of seal calves during the 1958 breeding season.
§ Mr. Godber
I am aware that the size of the grey seal colony has much increased since 1939 and that some of the grey seals are taking salmon and damaging salmon nets. As for the last part of the Question, I would refer to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland on 4th March.