§ 55. Mr. HARMSWORTH
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the trawler "Lady Luck," owned by Messrs. Chapman and Lanfear, of Ramsgate, was recently boarded by an Irish Free State fishery cruiser; that the executive officer of the cruiser informed the skipper of the trawler that his craft was just inside the Irish fishery limit though outside the three-mile territorial limit; that in quiries have been made for the address of the skipper, with the assumed intention of prosecuting him; that some 30 prosecutions are pending against skippers of trawlers belonging to Milford Haven, 926 two of whom were recently fined £115 each; and will he approach the Government of the Irish Free State with a view to abstaining from prosecutions in regard to trawling pending the settlement of the present Constitutional question at issue between the two Governments?
I must refer the hon. Member to the statement made in reply to a question on this subject by the Noble Lord the Member for Fleetwood on the 23rd June.