HC Deb 22 March 1982 vol 20 c685
37. Sir John Biggs-Davison

asked the Attorney-General whether, having regard to the opinion of the Attorney-General of the Republic of Ireland regarding the territorial waters in Lough Foyle, he will set out Her Majesty's Government's policies on the sovereignty over these waters.

The Attorney-General

The Government's position is that Lough Foyle falls within the United Kingdom. The Government of the Republic of Ireland dispute our claim.

Sir John Biggs-Davison

Is it not essential to maintain British sovereignty over Lough Foyle? Since it is disputed by another power, will the Government heed the suggestion of the hon. Member for Londonderry (Mr. Ross) that the port's pilot station be moved from Moville in the Republic to Port Magilligan in the United Kingdom, because its present location creates more doubt and further endangers shipping—two British ships having been sunk?

The Attorney-General

The moving of the pilot station must be a matter for Departments other than mine, and for the Londonderry Harbour Commission.

Mr. J. Enoch Powell

Do the Government intend to take any steps to resolve the dispute?

The Attorney-General

It is maintained by the United Kingdom Government that the present position is in accordance with international law, and so far as I know that remains so.