HC Deb 08 December 1952 vol 509 cc14-5
13. Captain Ryder

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if any decision has yet been reached by the International Court at The Hague, regarding the sovereignty of the Ecrehos and the Minquiers.

Mr. Nutting

No, Sir.

Captain Ryder

Has any indication been given as to when the case will be heard?

Mr. Nutting

It seems unlikely that this case will be heard before the spring or summer of 1953. [HON. MEMBERS: "Where are these places?"] The House asks where these rocks are. They are off the coast of Jersey and for most of the year are four-fifths submerged, but an important question of fishery rights is involved, which is partly regulated by an Agreement of 1951. Whoever may be determined by the International Court to be the sovereign Power will be able to give its nationals certain exclusive fishery rights in certain enclaves.