Trawling (Appointment of Committee).

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons at on 8 May 1923.

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Photo of Sir James Macpherson Sir James Macpherson , Ross and Cromarty

37.

asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health whether it is now proposed to appoint a Committee to inquire into trawling, legal and illegal, off the coast of Scotland?

Photo of Mr Walter Elliot Mr Walter Elliot , Lanark

My Noble Friend has decided to appoint a Committee of Inquiry into the question of trawling. The terms of reference will, it is hoped, be announced before the Recess.

Photo of Sir James Macpherson Sir James Macpherson , Ross and Cromarty

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for his answer, may I ask what will be the form of the Committee, and when it is likely to be set up?

Photo of Mr Walter Elliot Mr Walter Elliot , Lanark

It is a little difficult to say now what will be the form of the Committee, but I understand that, as far as possible, it will be more a committee of ordinary men than of experts. When the names will be announced I am afraid it is not possible to say. My right hon. Friend will realise that the questions raised are very wide, and we must have the most expert opinion possible upon them.

Photo of Major Walter Waring Major Walter Waring , Berwickshire and Haddingtonshire

Will practical fishermen be appointed to the Committee?

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

It would be better to wait for the names.