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Fishery Control, Northern Ireland

Volume 476: debated on Wednesday 28 June 1950

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is satisfied that fishing grounds off the coast of Northern Ireland are adequately patrolled by suitable naval fishery protection craft.

In view of the importance of this control service in advising trawlers of the rules regarding fishing and protecting them from attack, can the Parliamentary Secretary say how many visits there have been to Northern Ireland waters in the last few months?

Does the Parliamentary Secretary realise the grave anxiety and concern caused by the attack on the "Loch Esk" by Eire fishermen; that the skipper was very seriously wounded, and that no less than three bullets were found in the boat, while these Eire fishermen have complete freedom of access to Northern Ireland waters?

That is a question for the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations.