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UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what geographical claims the UK intends to submit to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf on areas off (a) the north west coast of Scotland, (b) Northern Ireland and (c) other UK territories. (177297)

The UK is considering making submissions to the CLCS in respect of four distinct areas, before the right to do so expires in May 2009. The four areas under consideration are:

‘Hatton-Rockall’—an area of the north east Atlantic off the north west coast of Scotland;

the area around Ascension Island;

areas around the Falkland Islands and South Georgia; and

the area off British Antarctic Territory.

In 2006 the UK made a joint submission to the CLCS with France, Ireland and Spain in respect of an area of the Bay of Biscay, and all four states are working with the Commission towards the production of its conclusions.