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International Conference On The Law Of The Sea

Volume 983: debated on Wednesday 23 April 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what progress has been made in the United Nations Law of the Sea Conference on the proposals for a sea bed mining system, the financing of the system, a definition of the continental shelf and rules for marine scientific research; what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government on these matters; and if he will make a statement.

It was decided in New York (3 March–4 April) to include, in a second revision of the informal composite negotiating text, certain proposals on these issues which are judged to provide a better basis for consensus. This marks useful progress. But on a number of these issues, further negotiations will be required when the ninth session resumes at Geneva (28 July–29 August).