§ Mr. Stokes
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will publish the International Agreement controlling the fishing for whales, and which countries are parties to it.
§ Mr. T. Williams
Whale catching during the 1947–48 season is being regulated by the International Agreement of 8th June, 1937 (Command Paper No. 5487), modified by the Protocol of 2nd December, 1946 (Command Paper No. 7043), to which the Governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom are parties. Copies of a revised Convention for the regulation of whaling were published on 19th February, 1947 (Command Paper No. 7043). It has been ratified by the Governments of Australia, the United States of America and the United Kingdom, and will enter into force upon ratification by the Governments of the Netherlands, Norway, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The Convention will become binding upon such other Governments as subsequently ratify it, from the date of their ratification.