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South-West Atlantic Ocean

Volume 931: debated on Tuesday 10 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what encouragement currently is being given to British companies to explore marine resources within existing British territorial waters around the Falkland Islands; and whether he is aware of any pressures designed to interfere with the proposed operations of such companies.

On the question of fishing, I would refer the hon. Member to my reply on 22nd March to the hon. Member for Surbiton (Sir N. Fisher). Development of the kelp resources around the Falkland Islands is the subject of an agreement between the Falkland Islands Government and Alginate Industries Limited. I am not aware of any pressures designed to interfere with proposed operations by any companies.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Argentine Government consulted Her Majesty's Government before inviting applications for licences to fish in the South Atlantic including existing British territorial waters around the Falkland Islands.

The tenders invited recently by the Argentine Government are for fishing off the coast of Patagonia and do not cover existing British territorial waters around the Falkland Islands.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Argentine Government consulted Her Majesty's Government before inviting applications for licences to explore for oil in the South Atlantic including existing British territorial waters around the Falkland Islands.

The Argentine Government have not invited applications for licences to explore for oil in British territorial waters around the Falkland Islands.