HC Deb 17 October 1945 vol 414 cc1182-3W
Lieut.-Colonel Mackeson

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in view of the recent cases which have occurred of French fishing boats fishing in British territorial waters, he will arrange for a patrol boat to be stationed at Folkestone.

Mr. Alexander

Instructions were issued to the Commander-in-Chief, Nore, on 15th September last to institute a patrol against fishing vessels infringing British territorial limits, as a result of which three French fishing vessels were arrested on 27th September and escorted into Boulogne. On 6th October a further arrest was made and the offending vessel brought into Dover. A gun-boat is standing by at Dover ready to sail on receipt of information that British territorial waters are being infringed. I do not, therefore, consider it necessary to station a patrol boat at Folkestone.