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Space And International Law

Volume 593: debated on Thursday 3 September 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they consider, in the light of the increasing uses being made for political, social, economic and military purposes of space, it may now be desirable to set up an internationally agreed framework to develop and enforce international law in space. [HL3117]

An international framework governing such activities in space already exists and is primarily based upon the United Nations Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the moon and other celestial bodies.Details of this treaty and other relevant international agreements are contained in the United Nations publication

Treaties and Principles on Outer Space a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House.