§ Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a comprehensive statement on the subjects discussed and conclusions reached at the talks which ended in Oslo on Saturday, 28th May, between representatives of the Norwegian and British Governments on the problems relating to international fisheries.
§ Mr. Hare
As I have already said, the talks in May were exploratory. Negotiations between the two countries were held in London from 23rd to 28th June when important progress was achieved. As was announced at the end of these talks, it is confidently assumed by both sides that a final agreement will be reached within the next few months well ahead of any change in the present situation in regard to fishery limits. As negotiations have not ended, however, I cannot yet make any statement.