HC Deb 26 November 1958 vol 596 cc353-4
27. Sir H. Linstead

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what new developments there have been in the fishing dispute with Iceland; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

There have been no new developments since the reply which my right hon. and learned Friend gave to the hon. Member for Haltemprice (Mr. Wall) on 19th November.

Sir H. Linstead

Although there have been no official developments, may we take it that we are not at arm's length with the Icelandic Government, but that in unofficial ways we are endeavouring to bring into effect an understanding between the two Governments?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

Yes; we are continually pressing the Icelandic Government either to come to some interim arrangement or to let the International Court declare certain interim measures which could be taken until such time as a new Conference on the Law of the Sea has had time to pronounce on the matter.