Mr. WEST RUSSELL
asked the Minister of Agriculture if his attention has been called to the damage done to salmon nets by merchant vessels entering and leaving the Tyne; and whether he is satisfied that everything possible is done to bring to the notice of those concerned the existence and precise position of these nets in order that the amount of destruction may be avoided as far as possible?
§ Dr. ADDISON
As a result of damage in previous years, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries arranged for notices to mariners to be issued in262W April, 1928 and 1929, by the Board of Trade and the Admiralty, warning them that drift net operations on a considerable scale would be taking place in the approaches to the River Tyne. In addition, the Tyne Fishery Board issued notices to the same effect. My right hon. Friend will arrange for the issue of similar notices this year at the beginning of the fishing season.