HC Deb 18 May 1978 vol 950 cc251-2W
51. Mr. Mawby

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the current state in the negotiations concerning third country fishing agreements.

Mr. John Silkin

Reciprocal fishing agreements for 1978 have been worked out in the course of consultations between the EEC and Norway, Sweden and the Faroe Islands respectively. The arrangements have not yet been confirmed by the Council of Ministers and are meanwhile being implemented provisionally. Fishing rights have been accorded to Spanish vessels pending the negotiation of a framework fisheries agreement between the Community and Spain. Negotiations are continuing with Canada and a number of West African countries but these do not involve reciprocal access to waters under the jurisdiction of EEC member States.

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