HC Deb 05 December 1922 vol 159 cc1543-4W

asked the First Commissioner of Works, as representing the Secretary for Scotland, whether it is intended that existing licences for whaling in Shetland should be withdrawn so as to cover the season of 1923?


An application by persons interested has been made to the Secretary for Scotland under the recent Act which empowers him to order the cancellation or the suspension of any licence if he is satisfied that the prosecution of the whaling industry under the licence is prejudicial to the herring fishery or to any other sea fishery. Pending investigation and disposal of the application, my Noble Friend is not in a position to state whether the licences concerned will be cancelled.