§ MR. WEIR
I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether the Secretary for Scotland has received from the Free Church Presbytery of Lewis copies of resolutions carried at a meeting held at Back, Lewis, on the 13th December last, calling attention to the depredations made by illegal trawlers around the coast of Lewis, and pointing out that the masters of these vessels make a constant practice of trawl-in the lochs and bays on Sunday, when they conduct their operations unmolested; and will he state what action has been taken in the matter.
§ *MR. A. GRAHAM MURRAY
The resolutions in question were received. Since that time the "Vigilant" has detected the trawler "Rex" illegally working in the locality, with the result that the master of that vessel was fined £105. Since then the "Vigilant" has again been cruising off the Lewis, but without detecting any infringement.