HC Deb 15 February 1956 vol 548 cc2343-4
20. Lady Tweedsmuir

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is yet in a position to announce the conclusions of the negotiations on the Icelandic fisheries dispute.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

In order to advance matters further, talks between representatives of the British and Icelandic trawler owners were held in Paris last week under the auspices of the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation. These showed that both parties were anxious for landings of Icelandic-caught fish in the United Kingdom to be resumed in an orderly manner. I understand that these talks will be resumed in the near future.

Lady Tweedsmuir

As these negotiations have been going on for a long time, could the Joint Under-Secretary of State say when it is expected that they will finally come to a conclusion?

Mr. Dodds-Parker

No, I should not like to make a forecast, but I hope that they will reach a successful conclusion before too long.

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