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Antarctic Territory (Foreign Bases)

Volume 481: debated on Wednesday 22 November 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many bases have been established by the Argentine and Chile in British antarctic territory; on what dates each of these was established; and what action he is taking to secure their removal.

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 6th November to similar Questions on the same subject.

But did not that reply merely amount to a statement that these trespassers were to be left in possession until their Governments would condescend to litigate the matter at The Hague Court and is not that, in the present state of the world, a very dangerous precedent to establish?

Does the hon. Member want me to send warships there to drive them out immediately?