HC Deb 21 January 1958 vol 580 c159W
116. Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps have been taken to meet any infringement of British sovereignty in the South Sandwich Group and other parts of Antarctica.

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

Her Majesty's Government welcome scientific exploration in the Falkland Islands Dependencies during the International Geophysical Year. In common with other nations possessing territories in Antarctica, Her Majesty's Government do not regard International Geophysical Year activities as affecting in any way sovereignty over the area explored.

Where, however, there has been some doubt as to whether the activities of other countries in British territories are connected with the International Geophysical Year and no prior notification has been received, Her Majesty's Government have felt obliged to make their attitude on the question of sovereignty clear to the Government concerned. This has recently been done in the cases of the Soviet landing on Zavodovsky Island and of the visit of the Argentine ship "Les Eclaireurs" to Deception Island on its Antarctic cruise.