§ Mr. Laurance Reed
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what communications he has had 298W from foreign Governments about the legal status of the island of Rockall ; and what replies he has sent.
§ Mr. Anthony Royle
The legal status of the island is determined by the Island of Rockall Act 1972 under which the island has been fully incorporated into the United Kingdom. No communication has been received from any foreign Government concerning this Act, though the Irish Government have questioned our right to exercise fishery jurisdictions around the island. We have replied rejecting the Irish view and reaffirming our position.