HC Deb 30 November 1972 vol 847 c615
29. Mr. Laurance Reed

asked the Minister of State for Defence what part the Royal Navy is playing in preparation for the International Law of the Sea Conference.

Mr. Buck

The Ministry of Defence is playing a full part in preparations for the International Law of the Sea Conference to take account of Royal Navy and other defence interests, and to give appropriate technical assistance.

Mr. Reed

Will my hon. Friend bear especially in mind the strategic implications of any extension of territorial waters or rules relating to the control of narrow straits and inlets, and also the fact that if any conflict arises as a result of failure to reach legal agreement it is the Royal Navy that will have to cope with it?

Mr. Buck

I shall bear those matters in mind. I am grateful to my hon. Friend for the fact that in the background material here there is a most useful memorandum about these matters composed by him. It is a very useful document.