HC Deb 16 February 1843 vol 66 cc699-700
Captain Pechell

rose to put the question of which he had given notice. He was desirous of obtaining from the right hon. Baronet opposite some information as to the proceedings of the commissions appointed under the late convention for regulating the fisheries of the coasts of Great Britain and France.

Sir Robert Peel

trusted that the hon. and gallant Member would not hold him responsible for all the delays that had taken place in these matters. Where there were two parties to a negotiation, a settlement could not take place without the consent of both. He had before given the hon. and gallant Officer all the information he possessed at the time. He had now every reason to hope that the fisheries regulations were adjusted, as far as the commissions were concerned, and that the draft of the treaty was in that state that it would shortly be submitted for the approbation of the Governments, and, of course, he had a confident hope that these regulations would very shortly be submitted for approval to the two Governments. When they had been approved of it was highly probable that an act of Parliament would be necessary. On that point he reserved himself for the present; but if an act of Parliament should not be necessary, the regulations themselves would be laid before the House with the least possible delay.