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Occupied Territories

Volume 21: debated on Wednesday 31 March 1982

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asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will list the areas of the world which are regarded officially by Her Majesty's Government as being under military occupation by a foreign power, whether with or without the consent of local inhabitants; and in what circumstances United Kingdom Ministers or senior diplomats are prepared to enter those areas on official business.

Whether and in what sense any particular area is to be regarded as under military occupation by a foreign power depends on the circumstances in each case. It would not be useful to treat together, as if they formed a single category, the various situations which might possibly be regarded as falling within the scope of this question.