HC Deb 30 January 1941 vol 368 cc712-3W
Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many prosecutions for illegal trawling were made in the Western Isles in the last six months;

(2) whether he is aware that illegal trawling is going on continuously among the in-shore fisheries; and what special steps he intends to take to safeguard this source of livelihood of the island's fishermen, at present on active Service, while the fishing grounds are being ruined?

Mr. Westwood

Owing to naval requirements, it has not been possible to maintain the normal fishery protection service, but the naval authorities are assisting in the patrol wherever possible. My right hon. Friend is advised that the in-shore fisheries are not being seriously affected by illegal trawling, but the matter is kept under observation. Following upon reports received, proceedings have, during the past six months, been taken in three cases, in each of which a conviction was obtained.