§ Mr. Hoy
I have heard nothing to the contrary with regard to the first part of that question. Mr. Matthew has had a few meetings with me and nothing but friendly meetings have taken place. We 1649 hope that, as a result of these negotiations, we shall very soon be able to table proposals to deal with the fishing industry.
§ Mr. Hector Hughes
Does my hon. Friend realise that the discussions referred to in this Question have an important bearing not only upon the fishing industry as such but on the ancillary industries and on the consumers and that, therefore, his statement should be expedited and elaborated?
§ Mr. Hoy
There are, of course, many people who depend on the fishing industry in addition to the catcher. There are many land-based establishments whose livelihood it is. We have also the responsibility to the consumer, but we think that within the next few weeks we shall be able to make certain announcements. After all, Mr. Matthew's proposals reached us only at the beginning of this year.
§ Mr. G. R. Howard
Can the hon. Gentleman say whether it is likely that this report will be before the House between now and July?