HC Deb 13 July 1936 vol 314 cc1649-50
21. Mr. LAW

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been drawn to the poverty of this year's Icelandic fishing and to the probability of there being an acute shortage of fish during the months of August and September; and whether he proposes to take any steps to met such a situation?


I am aware that there have been complaints to the effect suggested in the first part of the question, but I have no direct evidence on the subject. As my hon. Friend is aware, a new Northern Waters Order has just been made regarding the landings from Bear Island during September, and this should relieve the pressure on Icelandic waters.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the new Order is of indefinite duration or is it of definite duration as contemplated by the Act under which it was made? How long will it last?


I understand that it will be for this year.