§ 3. Mr. Awbery
asked the Lord Privy Seal if negotiations with the Icelandic Government on the question of the extent of the fishing waters have now been completed; what agreement has been reached; and if he will make a statement on the present position.
§ Mr. Awbery
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that for three years now our fishermen have been in jeopardy in the North Sea, because of the failure of our statesmen to come to an agreement on this problem? Is he aware that the Icelandic Government are meeting on Friday to discuss this problem, and will he intimate to them immediately that he is prepared to come with an open mind to discuss the question of the three-, six-and twelve-mile limit?
§ Mr. Hector Hughes
Does the Minister realise that these negotiations have dragged on for so long largely because Iceland has no alternative to the fishing industry? Does not he think that it might bring the negotiations to a head if the great maritime Powers of Europe were to offer some alternative, or finance some alternative industry for the Icelandic people?