§ 9. Mr. Powell
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects to be able to report progress in resolving the dispute over ships' dues at Carlingford Lough.
§ The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Mr. J. D. Concannon)
The Carlingford Lough Commissioners were asked in November last year to submit a fresh appreciation of their claim against Greenore Ferry Services and the action which might be open to them to pursue through the courts. This has not yet been received but I understand that the Commissioners hope to have the legal advice within a matter of weeks.
§ Mr. Powell
Does the hon. Gentleman agree that, if the legal approach does not produce results within a reasonable period, this is a matter on which a solution ought to be sought at a somewhat higher level between the two countries concerned for the evident benefit of both?
§ Mr. Concannon
I have not ruled out the approach that the right hon. Gentleman suggests, but I think I should wait until I see the Commissioners before I make a decision.