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Sellafield

Volume 407: debated on Thursday 19 June 2003

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To ask the Solicitor-General what main points the Attorney General made at the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea tribunal on the dispute with the Republic of Ireland over the Sellafield MOX plant, international movements of radioactive materials, and the protection of the marine environments of the Irish Sea; and if she will place in the Library copies of United Kingdom submissions to the tribunal. [119879]

The Attorney General is leading the United Kingdom's legal team at the MOX Plant case before the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea arbitral tribunal. In those proceedings the United Kingdom requests the Tribunal to:

  • (i) adjudge and declare that it lacks jurisdiction over the claims brought against the United Kingdom by Ireland;
  • or, in the alternative
  • (ii) dismiss the claims brought against the United Kingdom by Ireland.
The public transcript of the hearing, both in the main proceedings which have now been suspended, and in the provisional measures proceedings subsequently commenced by Ireland, are available on the website of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (http://www.cpapca.org/) as are the written pleadings of the United Kingdom and Ireland. A copy of these public documents will be placed in the Library as soon as possible.