HC Deb 21 April 1920 vol 128 c423W

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that the damage to the Port of Ness breakwater, in the Island of Lewis, is rapidly getting worse; that, in consequence, the livelihood of a large fishing population is seriously imperilled; and whether the Board of Agriculture, in order to obviate the complete extinction of the fishing industry in this area, will use their powers to have this indispensable breakwater repaired?


The circumstances of this breakwater and harbour were fully investigated some years ago by the Government then in office, and it was decided that the expenditure involved in repairing them was so large and out of proportion to the advantage to be gained that no further action should be taken. The matter has again been considered by the Board of Agriculture and Fishery Board for Scotland, who are of opinion that they would not be justified, looking to other calls upon their funds, in incurring expenditure upon the repair of the breakwater.