HC Deb 16 November 1960 vol 630 cc374-5
34. Mr. Wall

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will make a statement about the recent negotiations with the Icelandic Government over fishing limits.

Mr. Heath

Since my hon. Friend's reply to the hon. Member for Leith (Mr. Hoy) on 7th November, the talks with Icelandic officials which were to have been resumed in London on 14th November have been postponed at the request of the Icelandic Government for about a fortnight. It is hoped to announce shortly a new date for their resumption.

Mr. Wall

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that since the end of World War II Iceland's fishery limits have increased from 3 to 4, 6, 12 miles? While we all wish him luck in the very difficult negotiations on this matter to be carried on, what really matters is to get a decision which will last.

Mr. Hector Hughes

Seeing that the negotiations have got so far and have been frustrated at the last moment, can the Lord Privy Seal state what questions are still in dispute?

Mr. Heath

The negotiations have not been frustrated. They are continuing, but there is a pause while both Governments consider the position which we have reached.