HC Deb 13 July 1978 vol 953 c768W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list those EEC countries which have bilateral fishing agreements with third parties; if he will specify the third party countries; and whether he has made any representations to the EEC Commission about the compatibility of these agreements with the requirements that third party negotiations be carried on by those acceptable to the EEC Commission.

Mr. Bishop

On 3rd November 1976 the Council of Ministers authorised the Commission to negotiate fisheries agreements with non-member countries. Subsequently there were discussions between Denmark, Norway and Sweden concerning fishing in the Kattegat and Skaggerak, and the Government have sought an explanation for this. The Government are not aware of any other negotiations later than 3rd November 1976.