Illegal Trawling.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons on 7th July 1936.

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Photo of Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence , Orkney and Shetland

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he can arrange to give the inshore fishermen of Orkney better protection against trawlers than they have at present?

Photo of Mr Godfrey Collins Mr Godfrey Collins , Greenock

The question of additional protection in Orkney waters was carefully considered by the Fishery Board last autumn, and as a result a hired drifter was specially detailed for patrolling those waters during the period from October to March when illegal trawling is most likely to occur. I am informed that the local fishermen have expressed appreciation of this arrangement and its renewal next winter will be considered. During the present summer the regular fishery cruiser has been Instructed to pay full attention to the protection of Orkney waters.

Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Eastern

Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that the number of fishery cruisers is sufficient to provide adequate protection against illegal trawling?

Photo of Mr Godfrey Collins Mr Godfrey Collins , Greenock

Yes, in conjunction with the steps we are taking.

Photo of Mr Neil Maclean Mr Neil Maclean , Glasgow Govan

In view of the questions now being asked on this subject, is the right hon. Gentleman now prepared to proceed with the building of the third fishery cruiser, and so complete the number of new cruisers which was the original programme of the Fishery Board?

Photo of Mr Godfrey Collins Mr Godfrey Collins , Greenock

I am afraid I am unable to give a specific answer now to that particular question. If the hon. Member will put it on the Paper, I shall be happy to answer it.