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Icelandic Fish (Payment)

Volume 466: debated on Monday 27 June 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is now in a position to say whether the cargoes of two Icelandic trawlers which arrived off German ports during the week commencing 22nd May and which were in excess of the number the Icelandic Government have been requested to deliver and which went to fishmeal, have to be paid for by His Majesty's Government.

The question of the obligation for payment is still under consideration; I will communicate with the hon. Member as soon as a decision has been reached.

What kind of contract have we entered into which leaves any doubt whether we should pay for fish which we did not order, and fish which is bad?

The circumstances in which the fish was rejected were somewhat unusual. This is a legal question which is now being decided, and I cannot comment on it.

Will the Under-Secretary see that a copy of this contract is placed in the Library for hon. Members to see?