HC Deb 18 April 1962 vol 658 cc485-6
4. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will now make a detailed statement of the issues presented to the international commission of inquiry into the "Red Crusader" incident, indicating the submissions made on each of them and the decisions of the commission, and the steps that are being taken on those decisions.

Mr. P. Thomas

The Commission was requested to investigate the facts of the incident in the terms set out in the Exchange of Notes with the Danish Government of 15th November, 1961. The decisions of the Commission are set out in their report which, as my right hon. Friend told the House on 4th April, has been published by the two Governments and placed in the Library of the House. I should prefer not to comment on the Commission's findings while the report is still under consideration.

Mr. Hughes

While thanking the Joint Under-Secretary of State for such details as he has given, may I ask him if he is aware of the more recent threats by the relevant Danish Minister about further shooting by Danish gunboats at trawlers in certain circumstances, and that therefore the details of that particular incident and of the issues laid before the tribunal and the findings, are of he utmost importance to the British fishing industry, fishermen and owners so that they may know exactly what their rights are and where they stand in their relations with Danish gunboats and the Danish Government?

Mr. Thomas

I was not aware of any such threats. I should be grateful if the hon. and learned Gentleman will let me know what they are.

Mr. Hughes

I will certainly send the hon. Gentleman particulars.