§ 61. Mr. Grimond
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will make a statement on the whale catch for the season just ended: what agreements have been reached for next season: and what reports he has received as to the enforcement of the international agreements and their efficiency in preserving stocks.
§ Sir T. Dugdale
The total catch of baleen whales in the Antarctic Pelagic Whaling Season just ended was the equivalent of 15,971 blue whale units, compared with a total of 16,413 blue whale units last year. Arrangements for next season will be discussed at the Fourth Meeting of the International Whaling Commission to be held in London in June. Reports from expeditions on observance of the International Whaling Convention, 1946, are not yet all available, but they also will be taken into consideration by the International Commission. So far, the agreement seems to be having the desired effect.57W