HC Deb 08 April 1957 vol 568 cc809-10
19. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement about the causes and the results of the incidents last week involving British trawlers in the direction of Faroese fishing grounds; and what he is doing to resolve disputes which have arisen and may arise in consequence of these incidents.

Mr. Ian Harvey

Complaints about certain incidents which are alleged to have taken place recently between British trawlers and Faroese line fishing vessels are being investigated. Any further action which may be necessary will be taken when the results of this investigation are known.

Mr. Hughes

The Minister has not said anything about steps he has taken to preserve friendly relations between these two trawler fleets to prevent incidents of this kind in the future. What steps has he taken in that regard?

Mr. Harvey

It is usual to await the result of investigations before we take any steps. The normal practice is clearly laid down in these matters.

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